Andhra Pradesh’s youngest cabinet minister Kidari Sravan, son of Kidari Sarveswara Rao, who was gunned down by Maoists in Visakhapatnam district, was inducted into the state Cabinet six months ago. However, he is neither a member of Legislative Assembly nor Council. On May 10th, he will cease to be minister as he could not get elected either as an MLA or MLC.
According to Article 164(4) of the Constitution, a person can become a minister only if he or she is a member of the Legislative Assembly or the Council. A person cannot continue as a Cabinet minister for more than six months, if he or she is not a member of either of the houses. Since Sravan could not contest for Araku in the last six months as there was no bypoll and since there were no more vacancies to make him an MLC, he will cease to be a minister 13 days before the election results.
According to sources, after Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan was informed about this, he ordered an inquiry into this and found out that he cannot allow Sravan to continue based on the Constitutional provisions. It is learnt that the Governor has also informed the Chief Minister about this. Going by this information, the State Cabinet could take this decision on May 10th when it is meeting.
However, Sravan has created a record of sorts in the history of AP by counting to serve as a minister without being an MLA or MLC. Another person who holds a similar record from united Andhra Pradesh was Nandamuri Harikrishna, son of late Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, who was inducted into Chandrababu’s Cabinet in 1995 but failed to get nominated as an MLC or re-elected as an MLA and had to resign.
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