Senior BJP leader from Odisha, Biswabhusan Harichandan has been appointed as the governor of Andhra Pradesh, official Rashtrapati Bhavan sources said on Tuesday evening.
The 84-year-old politician was elected to Odisha Assembly for five times from Chilika and Bhubaneswar constituencies.
The octogenarian was a cabinet minister in the BJD-BJP coalition government in 2004. Harichandan was the BJP state president in Odisha from 1980 to 1988.
He began his political career as a member of Bharatiya Jana Sangha in 1971.
A press release from Rashtrapati Bhavan said, “The President of India is pleased to make the following appointments: Sushri Anusuiya Uikey as Governor of Chhattisgarh, Shri Biswa Bhusan Harichandan as Governor of Andhra Pradesh.”
The appointments of Uikey and Harichandan will come into effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices, it added.