Vijayawada: The newly-appointed president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Andhra Pradesh unit, Somu Veerraju, on Tuesday, assumed charge at the party’s office in Vijayawada.

Somu Veerraju said that their top priority is to come to power in Andhra Pradesh and utilise the human resources for the development of the state. He said that the BJP and Jana Sena Party (JSP) alliance have the responsibility to develop the state and to also ensure that the fruits of development reach the common man.

Considering the political circumstances and the strengths of the existing political parties, the BJP will proceed with a mission and fill the political vacuum in Andhra Pradesh, said Somu Veerraju.

He exuded confidence that the BJP-JSP alliance will form government in 2024 as the YSR Congress party’s rule had proved inefficient in the state.

Veerraju replaced BJP former state unit chief Kanna Lakshminarayana, who had been in the post since May 13, 2018. Lakshminarayana had been in the Congress for more than two decades before switching over to the BJP.

Hailing from an agriculture family in East Godavari district, Veerraju worked as the president and general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in Andhra Pradesh for a quite long time. Later, he was elevated to the BJP state committee as its general secretary and vice-president.

Political experts are of the opinion that due to the strong presence of regional parties in the southern states, the BJP, in alliance with regional parties, is eyeing gaining ground in these territories.

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