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TRS president and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao is likely to appoint more TRS leaders to nominated posts in party and government — hundreds of which are lying vacant — after Sankranti and balance caste equations in top appointments.

The CM's move is also aimed to prevent disgruntled leaders from shifting loyalties to the BJP in the run-up to the 2023 polls. Sources said prominence will be given to leaders from the BC, SC, ST and minority sections.

Sources did not rule out the chances of a Cabinet reshuffle between Sankranti and the Budget Session in March.

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is only one vacancy in the Cabinet with the dismissal of Etala Rajendar in May last year. It is not clear whether Rao will merely fill the lone vacancy or undertake a full-fledged reshuffle.

The 17-member Cabinet including the CM is dominated by forward castes — with six from the Reddy community, four from the Velama community including the CM and one belonging to the Kamma community.

There are three ministers from the Backward Classes and one each from SC, ST and minority categories. There is no representation to the Madiga caste of the Scheduled Castes.



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