The Congress party in Andhra Pradesh is likely to see a change in leadership with the 2019 general elections less than a year away.
Congress party sources say that the former Assembly Speaker and senior party leader Nadendla Manohar is most likely to be made the new party president in the State, replacing N Raghuveera Reddy.
This move by the newly appointed in-charge of party affairs in AP, Oommen Chandy is seen as a bid to improve the party’s tally in the State, which drew a blank in 2014.
Manohar’s nomination also triggers speculation that it is being done at the behest of Telugu Desam Party president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is likely to enter into an electoral understanding with the Congress before the 2019 polls as he has snapped ties with the NDA government led by the BJP.
The early indications about the new alliance was quite evident during the swearing-in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy in Karnataka, where Naidu was seen hobnobbing with AICC leaders including Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.
Moreover, Rahul Gandhi is said to have invited Naidu to his Iftar party which is clearly seen as another forward step towards forging an alliance between the two arch rival political parties.