HYDERABAD: The BJP is likely to appoint a new president for its Telangana unit in place of G Kishan Reddy, whereas it is expected to continue the present incumbent and Visakhapatnam MP K Haribabu in the top post for Andhra Pradesh unit in order to facilitate the latter to complete second term.
In all likelihood, party MLC N Ramachander Rao is expected to replace G Kishan Reddy as the boss of the Telangana unit of the saffron party. As Kishan Reddy completed his total two terms in the top post by December, the party central leadership is learnt to have begun the exercise of appointing another leader in Reddy’s place.
According to sources, though leaders like former MLA E Lakshminarayana are in race for the top post, Ramachander Rao’s candidature is backed by party national leaders such as Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu. Hence, in all possibility, Ramachander Rao will be the next president of the party for the party’s TS unit.
Coming to AP, the ongoing organisational polls of the state BJP unit will be completed by the first week of February. The tenure of the current AP party chief Haribabu is going to end in the second week of February.
According to sources, the party central leadership has made up its mind to continue Haribabu in the post for the second time. Even though, the names of D Purandeswari and Somu Veerraju did the rounds for the top post till a few days ago, the party’s central leadership now does not want to touch a raw nerve in the TDP leadership, by appointing any ‘aggressive’ leader in the post, at this juncture, following the recent ‘patch up’ between the two parties.