Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K Chandrashekhar Rao has rewarded Mohammad Mahmood Ali once again for his loyalty by inducting him into his cabinet and allotting him the Home portfolio. Mr Ali, a member of the Telangana Legislative Council, 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. It was immediately not clear 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. Mr Ali, 66, has been with KCR since the latter floated TRS to revive the movement for separate Telangana state in 2001. The most recognisable Muslim face of TRS, Mr Ali was made Deputy Chief Minister after KCR took over as the first Chief Minister of the new state.