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Haribabu resigns as AP BJP unit prez

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati 

today resigned as BJP's unit president, amid speculation that he may soon be inducted into the Union Cabinet.

Haribabu is currently a member from Visakhapatnam and has been holding fort as state since 2014 after the bifurcation of

In his resignation letter sent to Amit Shah, Haribabu wanted "young leadership" to take over in view of the current political situation in the state.

Party sources aver that his exit may pave way for a new from a different community.

For the last two years, speculation has been rife that Haribabu, a Kamma community leader, would be replaced by a and even the name of MLC Somu Veerraju did the rounds.

But Shah maintained status quo because the BJP was sailing with the

With the TDP snapping ties with the BJP, a leadership change became inevitable, party sources said.

Also, there are indications that the may be expanded after the May 12 assembly polls and Haribabu could get a berth.

In fact, he was tipped to be inducted during the previous expansion but that did not happen.

Now that virtually does not have any representation in the Union Cabinet, BJP leaders here see Haribabu as a favourite to get a berth.

Commerce and Suresh Prabhu, technically, represents Andhra Pradesh in the as he is a member from the state but he hails from

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 20:00 IST