Chennai, May 22 (tamilnaducentral):AIADMK ministry will see 9 members of Thevar caste in key ministries. Followed by Gounders and Vanniyars, Jayalalithaa handed over a 28 member ministers’ list to Governor. Swearing-in will take place on Monday at 12 noon at University Centenary Hall. Looking at the bio-data of the ministers, except for four who have no educational qualification, others are graduates, post graduates, doctorates and even a MBBS and MS.
The caste combination of the new ministry sticks to the pattern followed by AIADMK in earlier times. In 2011 ministry, 6 out of 33 ministers were Thevars. Starting with O Panneerselvam, many of the six were considered close to Jayalalithaa and handpicked by Sasikala, who is also a Thevar. Close to polls, there were reports that Jayalalithaa had fallen out with these ministers. Some of the Thevar ministers of the previous ministry lost in the poll. Thevars prominent in Southern district have traditionally voted for AIADMK.
Western Tamil Nadu has always stood by AIADMK and even in worst times not deserted Jayalalithaa. Five ministers come from Gounder caste. Western belt is a Gounder dominated area. Vanniyars who are a majority in Northern districts get four ministers. Muthurayar caste gets two berths, Naidu caste has two ministers and Dalits are represented by three MLAs in the ministry. Nadar, Viswakarma, Chettiar and fishermen community get one berth each. Surprisingly, there is no representation for Muslim, Okiya Gouda, Pillai and Mudaliar, even though they have MLAs in the party.
Most of the ministers of previous cabinet who find a berth in the new ministry are allotted the same portfolios. The age group of ministers shows that from late sixties to 30s Rajalakshmi are in the ministry. O Panneerselvam, Dindigul Srinivasan ,a four time Lok Sabha MP, Chellu Raja from Madurai, OS Manian ex-Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha MP to Rajalakshmi the youngest minister who is given Adi Dravidar portfolio shows an interesting mix. Dr Manikandan who is given IT portfolio is a MBBS, MS and runs a hospital in Madurai.