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The very hopes of fair deal for the State of Andhra Pradesh in the Union Cabinet were dashed on Wednesday with only five of the 33 Congress Lok Sabha members from the State finding place in Man Mohan Singh Government. Jaipal Reddy who was inducted in the first phase is the lone Cabinet Minister, while the other four viz., D Purandareswari, Panabaka Lakshmi, MM Pallam Raju and Sai Pratap will sworn in as Ministers of State on Thursday.

In fact, the only new entrant into the Union Cabinet is Rajampet MP Sai Pratap whose case was said to have been strongly recommended by the Chief Minister, Dr.YS Rajasekhara Reddy. All the others have been ministers even in the previous term. In fact, Jaipal Reddy got into the Cabinet on his own strength. Congress president Sonia Gandhi could not apparently ignore Purandareswari and Panabaka as both emerged victorious despite being forced to contest from new constituencies this time.

According to sources said that the Chief Minster offered berth in the State Cabinet to Purandeswari's husband, D Venkateswara Rao, if she is willing to forgo her place at the Centre. However, the couple preferred status quo. One reason being cited for the poor representation of AP is that it has been amply compensated with the Speaker's post for which the candidates of Araku MP Kishore Chandra Deo has almost been finalized. A formal announced is only expected to be made in the Lok Sabha.

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