Hyderabad: Mohammad Mahmood Ali has been appointed as the Home Minister of Telangana. Ali was the only minister who took oath along with CM K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday. He held the portfolio of Minority Minister and Revenue Minister in the last government, besides being the Deputy Chief Minister.
Ali, a member of the Telangana Legislative Council, he has been with KCR since the latter floated TRS to revive the movement for separate Telangana state in 2001. Ali served as Deputy Chief Minister in KCR’s previous cabinet. There were two deputies to KCR, the other being Kadiyam Srihari.
Ali, who held the Revenue portfolio in the previous cabinet, is likely to be appointed Deputy Chief Minister again. He kept the portfolio of minorities’ welfare with him during the first term.
Ali may remain the only Muslim in Rao’s cabinet. As KCR has to satisfy various groups, the lone Muslim member of Assembly of TRS, Shakeel Aamir, may not be inducted. Shakeel was re-elected from Bodhan constituency in Nizamabad district.
Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K Chandrashekhar Rao took oath as Telangana’s Chief Minister for the second consecutive 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 TRS chief had invited AIMIM to join the government but the party declined the request.