Chandrababu Naidu: back in the reckoning, with some help from Narendra Modi

Written by | May 17, 2014 | 0

From being a Congress MLA from Chandragiri in Andhra Pradesh to being a pillar of anti-Congressism in India, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, 64, has travelled a long way. 

The head of the Telugu Desam Party, or TDP, who has just stitched an alliance with Narendra Modi’s BJP, exactly 10 years after dumping it, has now emerged as a key player in Andhra Pradesh. In the residual region of Seemandhra, the TDP-BJP alliance has, according to the latest NDTV opinion poll, leapfrogged YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress to bag the pole position.

If the trend holds, Mr Naidu is expected to see a reversal in his fortunes. He has been in political wilderness in Andhra Pradesh since 2004, when the Congress, led by YS Rajasekhara Reddy, vanquished the TDP-BJP alliance in the assembly polls. Smarting under the defeat, Mr Naidu terminated his partnership with the BJP, and decided to go in for an image makeover by shedding his pro-reforms and pro-IT tag. He flirted with the Third Front experiment yet again, and vowed never to engage with the BJP.

Filed in: Hyderabad

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