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Kishan Reddy, new guard of state BJP


Bharatiya Janata Party, Andhra Pradesh unit, has got the new leader. Party MLA from Amberpet G Kishan Reddy has been unanimously elected as the party president in the state.

Kishan Reddy was the only person to file the nomination on Friday; and though there was a competition from senior leader Baddam Bal Reddy, he had to drop out in the last minute following a direction from the central leadership.

But the question is what difference does Kishan Reddy make for the BJP in the state. Though it has a strong cadre in many places, the people have not accepted it as a force to reckon with. After the Telugu Desam Party dumped it after 2004 elections, the party has become a loner and in 2009 elections, it could get just two assembly seats.

Under these circumstances, it is doubtful whether Kishan Reddy would be able to revive the partys glory in the state at least by next elections. Especially because he is considered to be an all-party MLA, rather than the BJP MLA, because of his proximity with all party presidents. He is known for lobbying for himself, rather than for the party and making a quick buck. Yet, he was chosen for the BJP state president post, thanks to the blessings of his boss M Venkaiah Naidu!

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