BJP appoints Somu Veerraju as Andhra Pradesh unit president

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Kanna Lakshminarayana is the outgoing BJP president in Andhra Pradesh and the party was not happy with his style of functioning

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appointed senior farmer leader Somu Veerraju as the president of party's Andhra Pradesh unit.

Kanna Lakshminarayana is the outgoing BJP president in Andhra Pradesh and the party was not happy with his style of functioning.

Party’s national president J P Nadda issued the order appointing Veerraju as the state party chief.

Veerraju is one of the senior most leaders of BJP in Andhra Pradesh and his elevation to the state unit’s top post was a prolonged demand.

Veerraju belongs to an agrarian family in Kattheru of East Godavari district and is currently a member of the state Legislative Council (MLC).

He had been a general secretary of the state BJP till the elevation as the state party chief.

Veerraju’s elevation to the top post of the state BJP is termed as a setback to Lakshminarayana as his style of functioning was drew criticism from the party. He joined the BJP after quitting Congress party.

Lakshminarayana was even accused of functioning in such a way to benefit the TDP, the erstwhile ally in the BJP-led NDA. BJP’s performance in the 2019 Assembly and General elections under him disappointed the leadership.

As both Veerraju and Lakshminarayana belong to the Kapu community, which has the largest population and voter share in Andhra Pradesh, and the BJP seems to have maintained the caste equations while appointing the new state party chief.

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