Andhra Pradesh: BJP MP Hari Babu resigns as party state president

BJP MP from Visakhapatnam K Hari Babu has stepped down from the post of state president in Andhra Pradesh. (Express Photo/Amit Mehra/File)

Senior BJP leader and Visakhapatnam MP K Hari Babu resigned from the post of state unit president on Tuesday. He sent his resignation letter to BJP national president Amit Shah.

Sources in the BJP said the resignation was on the cards with the party wanting to make changes in the state unit in the wake of its split with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). The saffron party, which is now eyeing to make inroads in Andhra Pradesh on its own strength, has prepared a new strategy for the state, sources added.

MLC Somu Veeraraju, MLA and former minister P Manikyala Rao, former Congress leader Kanna Lakshminarayana and former union minister in the UPA government D Purandareswari are the frontrunners for the post of the state unit chief, according to party sources. Both Lakshminarayana and Purandareswari had left the Congress and joined the BJP over the the issue of bifurcation of the state in 2014.

However, Veeraraju and Rao — who belong to the Kapu community — have a stronger chance as they are “old BJP hands”. The BJP, sources added, is keen to appoint a leader belonging to Kapu community as its head in the state.

Hari Babu, meanwhile, could be given another significant post at the Centre, sources said.

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