BJP appoints Ravi Shankar Prasad as in-charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs
May 17, 2014 - Hyderabad
The Bharatiya Janata Party which is on a high sweeping the general elections is now concentrating on improving its base in Andhra Pradesh. The party has won two MP seats and four Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh with an alliance with Telugu Desam Party (TDP). BJP has appointed national leader Ravi Shankar Prasad as in charge of the party affairs in Andhra Pradesh. It may be recalled here that Prakash Javadekar who is so far been in-charge of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has played a key role in joining an alliance with the TDP.
It is widely expected that Ravi Shankar Prasad is likely to join the union cabinet of Narendra Modi and will tour extensively in Andhra Pradesh to reach out to people and explain the programmes and welfare schemes to the people. Sources said that Ravi Shankar Prasad has been specifically chosen to handle the task of sensitive issues in the wake of division of the State. BJP got an opportunity to make gains in the absence of the Congress party in Seemandhra. The Congress party was decimated in residual Andhra Pradesh and failed to open account in both Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
Senior leader Jammula Syam Kishore said that 'at present, we have very cordial relations with the TDP leadership and we are not going to antagonise our ally. However, this doesn't mean that we would not strengthen our party'.