Amaravati: Veteran BJP leader Biswa Bhushan Harichandan was on Wednesday sworn in as the new Governor of Andhra Pradesh.
Harichandan, 84, was administered the oath of office by Andhra Pradesh High Court’s Acting Chief Justice Praveen Kumar at a function held at the Raj Bhavan here.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, several cabinet Ministers, MLAs and senior officers were present at the function.
Hailing from Odisha, Harichandan left Bhubaneswar in charted flight to Renigunta airport on Tuesday.
He replaced ESL Narasimhan, who was the Governor of Andhra Pradesh for the last one decade.
Born on August 3, 1934 Harichandan was elected as MLA for five times. His political career started with Bharatiya Jana Sangh in the year 1971. He joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after its formation and worked as Odisha State unit president between 1980 and 1988. He again joined in Janata Party in 1988 and became State vice president. Later he in 1996, he came back to BJP again.
A five time MLA, he won as MLA from Chilika constituency for two times and from Bhubaneswar three times. He was a Minister in the BJD-BJP Government, led by Naveen Patnaik, from 2000 to 2009. He was also a Minister in the Nilamani Routray Government from 1977-79.