If the reports coming from the Telugu Desam Party sources are to be believed, Andhra Pradesh minister for urban development and municipal administration P Narayana is likely to face the axe from the state cabinet, which is likely to be reshuffled next week.
If it happens, it would be a big surprise for everybody, as Narayana is considered to be a close confidant of chief minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu. However, Naidu is said to have decided to drop Narayana not because he is unhappy with him, but to make more adjustments in the cabinet.
It is learnt Narayana would be made the chairman of the AP Capital Region Development Authority and would be entrusted with the task of building the capital city as per the modern designs.
He will have the cabinet ranking and will no way be inferior to any other minister. Moreover, he will have enormous powers to look after the capital construction. That way, it is a promotion for him.
Apparently, the decision to take Narayana out of the cabinet is also said to be due to his over-interference in other departments.
Several ministers are learnt to have complained the chief minister that Narayana is poking his nose in other ministers, summoning secretaries and other officials for meetings. This problem will not be there if Narayana is removed from the cabinet.
While he can act independently, the ministers, too, would be relieved from his nuisance.