Why Vishwabhushan Harichandan? This is the question upper most in the minds of the political class in Andhra Pradesh. Everyone seems baffled by the appointment of this octogenarian leader as AP Governor. There have been several guestimates over this.
But, sources in the know say that his appointment has got more to do with Odisha politics rather than AP politics. More than impacting AP, his appointment will impact Odisha more. Sources say Vishwabhushan Harichandan is from the Khandait community, which is essentially similar to the Kshatriya caste. The Khandaits account for 27 per cent of votes and are very important in Odisha politics. Their vote tis very important in Odisha. By making Harichandan Governor of Odisha, the BJP hopes that the Khandaits will get closer the BJP. This in turn will benefit the party in 2024 elections.
The BJP wants to project a leader who can match Navin Patnaik in simplicity and incorruptibility. So, it is experimenting with various leaders. Dharmendra Pradhan is one such important candidate. But Pratap Chandra Sarangi has been brought to the fore because of this. He is also being projected as a simple, incorruptible leader. In the same way, the appointment of Harichandan as governor too is expected to help the BJP. He too is known for his simplicity and
Sincerity. This seems to be paying as many Khandaits are sending congratulatory messages and are praising BJP for recognising Harichandan. Incidentally, an Odiya politician has been made governor after a gap of 15 years. The last Odiya Governor was JB Patnaik, who was governor for Assam.
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