Who are those lucky women Ministers?
Following Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Raos announcement that there will be women Ministers in his cabinet, in the Assembly on Saturday, competition will be between five women candidates three MLAs Padma Devender, Gongidi Sunita an Rekha Naik and Akula Lalitha, member of legislative council and Satyavathi Rathod, if she wins as MLC under legislative council quota
Adilabad: Following Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s announcement that there will be women Ministers in his cabinet, in the Assembly on Saturday, competition will be between five women candidates – three MLAs Padma Devender, Gongidi Sunita an Rekha Naik and Akula Lalitha, member of legislative council and Satyavathi Rathod, if she wins as MLC under legislative council quota.
Of the total 10 Assembly constituencies in the erstwhile Adilabad district, nine seats were won by TRS candidates in December-2018 elections. Rekha Naik is the lone woman who won from Khanapur.
In 2014 general elections, TRS won two seats – Kova Lakshmi from Asifabad and Rekha Naik from Khanapur. But in the 2018 elections, Kova Lakshmi was defeated by Congress MLA candidate Atram Sakku.
Now there are three women MLAs – Padma Devender, Gongidi Sunita Reddy and Ajmeera Rekha Naik in the State. Of them, Padma is a three-time MLA while Sunita and Rekha are two-time MLAs. Padma and Sunita belong to OC community and Rekha belongs to ST community.
Akula Lalitha of BC community continues to be a member of legislative council while Satyavathi Rathod of ST community was selected as MLC candidate under legislative council quota. If Satyavathi wins, then the competition for the Minister post will be between five women MLAs and the main fight is likely between Rekha and Satyavathi.
Rekha Naik won with the TRS ticket from Khanapur constituency in 2014 and won for the second time as MLA in 2018 elections. Former MP Rathod Ramesh expected ticket from Khanapur constituency but KCR gave ticket to Rekha with great trust on her. Now it was expected that she will be given an opportunity to become minister also.
After the last December Assembly elections, the cabinet was formed with Chief Minister KCR and Mahmood Ali on December 13. Of the total 18 berths, two were formed and later 12 Ministers were selected. And now all eyes are focussed on the remaining six posts. Of this six, KCR announced of allotting two seats to women. If one observes the social equations behind the minister posts allotted so far, seven ministers belong to OC, three BCs one each from minority and SC community.
There was no ST Minister in the cabinet in the last two terms and that quota will be fulfilled if Rekha Naik is given the minister berth. Though Padma Devendar Reddy is senior but already five minister posts were given to the members of Reddy community.
Choosing Gongidi Sunitha, who belongs to OC community, also will become a problem to the social equations. Hence if Rekha is given the chance, then KCR’s promise of women minister and ST quota, both will be fulfilled at one time.