Former Andhra BJP leader Kanna Lakshminarayana resigns

BJP Andra Pradesh state president Somu Veerraju was being criticised by Kanna Lakshminarayana for treating the party branch like his own private kingdom.

Former Andhra BJP leader Kanna Lakshminarayana resigns

In protest over the alleged witch hunt by state BJP president Somu Veerraju, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician and former Andhra Pradesh minister Kanna Lakshminarayana resigned from the primary membership of the party on Thursday.

Lakshminarayana, who is also a member of the party's national leadership, announced his resignation from the party in a letter to J P Nadda, the party's national president, citing personal reasons and obligations.

The BJP leader told reporters in Guntur that while he had the utmost respect and admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the other senior BJP figures, he was appalled by the manner Veerraju was handling the Andhra branch of the party like his own private fiefdom.

In addition to leading the state BJP between May 2018 and August 2020 before being succeeded by Veerraju, the 67-year-old leader said he had been entirely marginalised inside the party and had not been given the benefit of the doubt while making any decisions.

Lakshminarayana stated that he will consult with his followers before deciding on his course of action moving forward.

 “I had worked with five chief ministers in the past and had held several positions. After joining the BJP, I had made every effort to run the party as a single unit taking everybody into confidence. But the party plunged into crisis after Veerraju took over as the state BJP chief,”Kanna Lakshminarayana said. From 1991 and 2014, Lakshminarayana, a six-time Congress MLA who represented the Pedakurapadu assembly seat four times and the Guntur (West) assembly constituency once, served as a minister in a number of governments. After losing the 2014 assembly elections, he switched to the BJP.

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