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Issue:June' 2019


Predicament of Naidu !

Duggaraju Srinivasa
Rao from Vijayawada

TDP president and opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu during the
budget session at the Andhra Assembly

Chandrababu Naidu's son
Nara Lokesh
Ch a n d r a b a b u Naidu’s four decade - old political career seems to be reaching a troubled end. He and his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) are facing serious crisis of existence. The party is in total disarray with leaders at all levels leaving the party and Chandrababu Naidu is not sure of what hit him despite his self proclaimed “best administration and highly visible growth claim in the state.
The shock defeat in the hands of YS Jagan, whom Chandrababu always felt was no match for him in an asppect, is yet to sink. TDP in the Rajya Sabha already merged with BJP. That included his close confidents and his financiers during all these years.
Speculations are rife in the state on the possible desertion of over dozen MLAs in the assembly thus splitting the party and depriving the status of leader of the opposition to Chandrababu. That split which is sure to happen will seriously hit his image of strong leader.

For almost all the leaders leaving the party, the villain is Lokesh, the son of Chandrababu Naidu, on whom the party chief relied for all political decisions which ultimately badly hit the party. Lokesh, the undeclared heir to Naidu, is reportedly maintained a coterie of immature, money minded people and it was they who are behind all the wrong, ill timed political moves of Chandrababu.

Most of the leaders, who are resigning, confess that this shock to TDP is expected by them after Lokesh was given prominence in the party and administration. The party members now realise that their silence, when Lokesh was in ascendancy, has cost heavily both the party and their self.

Chandrababu Naidu is still trying to avoid facing the reality by maintaining that “crises are not new to me and the party” and he and his party are sure to bounce back as it was done earlier.

The new CM of Andhra Pradesh, Jaganmohan Reddy is an ally of BJP, though not part of NDA for tactical reasons. Through him BJP is trying to fix Chandrababu politically. Already the new government in the state has appointed a cabinet subcommittee to dig into past decisions of Chandrababu administration and come out with all the details of favouritism and nepotism in decisions and corrupt practices through which several hundred crores of rupees were reportedly looted.
Somehow Jagan wants to fix Chandrababu and give him the same ‘jail experience’ which he himself had undergone in money laundering cases. YSRCP and TDP are now DMK and AIADMK of Andhra Pradesh and Jagan and Naidu are imitating the roles Jayalalitha and Karunanidhi. Jaganmohan Reddy, within a month of taking over the reins, could successfully spread, through selective leakages that the Naidu administration was corrupt.

Chandrababu Naidu, on his part, is still trying to avoid facing the reality by maintaining that “crises are not new to me and the party” and he and his party are sure to bounce back as it was done earlier.

Chandrababu Naidu has to blame himself for the present position. It was he and his son who took all the political decisions including walking out of NDA and targeting Narendra Modi personally. Modi may not have helped the State to the expectations of the voters in the state but they didn’t share the hatred Chandrababu has developed against the Prime Minster.

Realising that his anti Modi tirade is not getting the desired steam, Chandrababu Naidu as a means to wriggle out, committed another blunder of joining hands with Congress and accepted Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate. That infuriated the core TDP voters who feel that the TDP is built on anti Congress philosophy of the party founder NTR.

The main tactical blunder, though Naidu is not ready to concede, is the projection of his son Lokesh as his successor to CM chair. That Lokesh image in AP is on par with ‘Pappu image’ of Rahul Gandhi.

The ‘soup’, Chandrabababu presently in, is self cooked. Never before Chandrababu Naidu contested elections on his own. Every time he used to ally with parties in whose direction the favourable wind is flowing. His victory in 2014 was due his alliance with BJP under Modi ‘hava’ and the popular cine hero Pavan Kalyan’s support.

Unfortunately he frittered away the confidence bestowed on him by people of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. During the last five years, Chandrababu Naidu government borrowed 1.56 lakh crore but the state did not gain through that money.