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Updated: January 23, 2013 04:23 IST

Kishan Reddy may remain as BJP chief

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BJP State president G. Kishan Reddy addressing a press conference before attending the funeral of party state executive member Muralidhar Raju, who died in Visakhapatnam Steel Plant blast, in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Photo:C.V.Subrahmanyam.
The Hindu BJP State president G. Kishan Reddy addressing a press conference before attending the funeral of party state executive member Muralidhar Raju, who died in Visakhapatnam Steel Plant blast, in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Photo:C.V.Subrahmanyam.

State BJP president G. Kishan Reddy, who had earlier expressed his reluctance to continue for a second term, seems to be having a change of heart even as the organisational elections for the president’s post are slated to be completed early next month.

Mr. Reddy was reportedly having second thoughts on his reluctance post-Gujarat elections with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) keen on projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 elections.

According to sources, he is credited with the view that it would be better to continue as party chief here if Mr. Modi was projected as the Prime Ministerial candidate as it would galvanise the organisation.

Besides, Mr. Reddy might be allowed to remain in the same position as the RSS was against changing the leadership in an election year.

One of the top functionaries of BJP had reportedly sounded Mr. Reddy to remain as party president when he met him at Ahmedabad during the swearing in of Mr. Modi.

Although there was no thinking on the part of Mr. Reddy to shift his constituency (Amberpet in city) at present, the situation might change in the event of the Centre not announcing Telangana statehood.

In such an eventuality, he might consider to contest from Mahabubnagar Lok Sabha seat if the TRS agrees to enter into an alliance with the BJP.

Meanwhile, BJP national secretary K. Laxman, whose name is also doing rounds as a likely candidate for party president’s post, said he would serve the organisation in whatever manner it wants.

The sources also denied that there is any move to elevate Mr. Reddy as the party’s national general secretary.

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