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Shah Prefers Naidu-Baiter As AP BJP Chief?

Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu might be desperately trying to keep his political ally Bharatiya Janata Party in good humour, but the latter seems to have decided to trouble him and emerge as alternative political force.

According to latest information, BJP national president Amit Shah has decided to appoint loud-mouth MLC Somu Veerraju as the president of the Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP.

The decision was taken at the party’s core committee meeting in New Delhi on Friday. However, it was not officially announced pending approval from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Interestingly, Veeraju was also called to the meeting, though he is not the member of the core committee. This has lent credence to the reports that he would be the next BJP president in AP.

And when Shah announced the decision, senior minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who has been the bosom friend of Chandrababu Naidu, walked out of the meeting in a huff. Apparently, he had suggested the name of a BJP leader from Rayalaseema, who is closer to Chandrababu Naidu, since there is a need to continue stronger ties with the TDP.

Veerraju has been attacking Naidu for the last one year, exposing the misdeeds of the TDP government. The flashpoint in the strained relations between the BJP and TDP was the recent demolition of temples in Vijayawada and Veerraju led the battle against the Naidu government with the support of the YSR Congress party.

It remains to be seen how long the two parties continue their alliance.

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