Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh Minister for Tribal Welfare Kidari Sravan, who came from nowhere to find a berth in the State Cabinet, will have to demit office by May 10 as he has not been elected to the legislature before the six-month deadline set by the Constitution.
Sravan was inducted into the Cabinet on November 11 after his father Kidari Sarveswara Rao, who was elected on YSR Congress Party ticket as Araku Valley MLA but later switched over to the ruling TDP in the hope of becoming Minister, was killed by Maoists last September along with another former MLA Siveri Soma.
Telugu Desam Party national president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu made the move as there was no representation to ST or minorities in the Cabinet till then. Sravan and NMD Farooq, were made Ministers on the day. Farooq was chairman of the AP Legislative Council prior to this and being an MLC, he does not face the same situation as his Cabinet colleague.
The Election Commission did not conduct byelection after Sarveswara Rao’s death as the general elections were round the corner. Sravan contested from the same Araku Valley seat to the State Assembly in the recently held elections but the results will not be out before May 23.
Sravan said he would consult the Chief Minister and take a decision in the matter, but he has few options left.