Amaravati: The senior BJP leader from Odisha Biswabhusan Harichandan sworn-in as the new Governor of Andhra Pradesh today at Raj Bhavan. VVIPs including Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Opposition leader Nara Chandrababu Naidu, MLAs and other officials were present during the swearing-in ceremony in Vijayawada.
Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam read out the order of the President of India Ramnath Kovind appointing Biswabhushan Harichandan as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh. The interim Chief Justice of the High Court, Justice C Praveen Kumar has administered oath with the new Governor.
Harichandan replaced SL Narsimhan, who had been functioning as the Governor for two states-Telangana and Andhra Pradesh since the bifurcation of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh in 2014.
Born on August 3, 1934, Biswabhusan Harichandan joined the Bharatiya Jana Sangha in 1971 and became its National Executive Member and its State General Secretary till the formation of Janata Party in 1977.
The advocate-turned politician was elected to Odisha Legislative Assembly for five times – twice on Janata Dal ticket and thrice on BJP ticket. He was a minister during the BJD-BJP alliance in Odisha government.
After the swearing-in ceremony, the Governor, Chief Justice, and CM YS Jagan attended a hi-tea party. On the occasion, the Chief Minister introduced the guests to the Governor.