Telangana CM Appoints Home Minister, His Party Colleague Since Nearly Two Decades

Telangana CM Appoints Home Minister, His Party Colleague Since Nearly Two Decades

Telangana CM Appoints Home Minister, His Party Colleague Since Nearly Two Decades 

New Delhi: K Chandrashekhar Rao, the Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President  has rewarded Mohammad Mahmood Ali once again for his loyalty by inducting him into his cabinet and allotting him the Home portfolio.

A member of the Telangana Legislative Council, Mr Ali was the only Minister to take oath along with Mr Rao on Thursday.

According to a statement from Chief Minister's Office on Thursday night, KCR has allotted him Home portfolio. Mr Ali was holding Revenue portfolio in KCR's previous cabinet.

However, it wasnt immediately clear that if Mr Ali will be Deputy Chief Minister, a post he held in the previous cabinet.

Home Ministry, considered a key portfolio, was with Nayani Narasimha Reddy during the first term of TRS government.

The 66 year old Mr Ali has been with KCR since the latter floated TRS to revive the movement for separate Telangana state in 2001.

Mr Ali , the most recognisable Muslim face of Telangana Rashtriye Samiti was made Deputy Chief Minister after KCR took over as the first Chief Minister of the new state. There were two deputies to KCR, the other being Kadiyam Srihari, a Dalit leader.

Telanagana's chief minister, Mr Rao had picked Mr Ali before inducting others in the cabinet underlines the importance he is attaching to the Muslim community, TRS leaders say. He kept the portfolio of minorities' welfare with him during the first term.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), a friendly party of KCR, extended support to TRS, except in eight constituencies in Hyderabad where it fielded its candidates. Several other Muslim organisations also backed TRS, which won 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly

The Telanagana Rashtriye Samiti's chief had invited AIMIM to join the government but the party declined the request.

Mohammad Mahmood Ali, a businessman hailing from Hyderabad does not have any mass base. He had contested the Secunderabad Lok Sabha seat in 2009 but badly lost. He was subsequently made a member of the Legislative Council.

In the KCR's cabinet, Mr Ali may remain the only Muslim, since the cabinet size can't exceed 18.

Shakeel Aamir was re-elected from Bodhan constituency in Nizamabad district.