Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao has expanded his cabinet by inducting six ministers into his team on Sunday after a six-month lull.
But even after inducting six ministers into the cabinet, the rumors on CM KCR's decision didn't come to an end, as he chose to retain Etela Rajender in the cabinet even though the latter made controversial statements against the party’s leadership and CM KCR. CM KCR also Inducts his nephew T Harish Rao, who was denied a cabinet birth after TRS came to power in the 2018 Assembly elections.
All the TRS leaders speculated Etela Rajender to be dropped from the cabinet for his controversial statements against KCR, but CM KCR had no other option but to than retaining him in the cabinet as Etela Rajender has strong support and voter base especially from backward classes. He was even ready to take the support of BJP if he was expelled out of the cabinet.
According to the reports, it is known that Telangana OBC Associations has even warned CM KCR against his thought to expel Etela from the cabinet. So KCR didn't have any choice other than retaining Etela Rajender into the cabinet, to prevent Internal clashes among TRS leaders.
On the other hand, CM KCR who kept both, his son KTR and nephew Harish Rao out of the cabinet after their victory in 2018 assembly elections, with his clear plan to play a key role in national politics by forming a federal front by bringing together all the regional parties.
KCR planned to hand over his CM post to son KTR if his federal front idea works well, as he has to take huge responsibilities when it comes to national politics. PM Modi government won in the Elections with a huge majority, which shattered all of CM KCR’s dreams. So he doesn't have any choice other than inducting his son KTR into the cabinet.
KCR could not afford to keep his nephew Harish Rao out of the cabinet after inducting his son, as this will raise a rebellion in the TRS party. CM KCR even got a shock with the majority won by Harish Rao in Siddepet with a sweeping margin which was greater than KCR's margin, and Harish Rao’s growing public sympathy.