As BJP braces to take on TDP, will a Kapu leader succeed Andhra chief Haribabu?
The BJP is officially getting combat-ready to go head-on against the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The party state president Kambhampati Haribabu, who is considered to be soft with TDP, was asked to step down by the top brass, making way for hardliners to take over the reins.
All the formalities relating to change of guard are expected to be completed soon after the Assembly election in Karnataka, scheduled on May 12.
Hari Babu, hailing from the predominant Kamma community with which TDP has been identified, held the post for four years. A close confident of Venkaiah Naidu, he gave up a teaching position in Andhra University to be elected as Lok Sabha member from Visakhapatnam with TDP’s support.