Chandrababu Naidu resumes kingmaker role after two decades

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 06, 2024 IST

Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.

Amaravati, June 6: Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.

 

After suffering a significant defeat to the YSR Congress Party five years ago and enduring what seemed like the lowest point in his political career, Naidu has made an impressive resurgence.

 

The 74-year-old leader, poised to become chief minister of Andhra Pradesh for the fourth time following a resounding victory in the state's assembly elections, is now preparing to wield considerable influence as a key player in the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.

 

With his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) holding 16 seats in parliament, alongside support from the Janata Dal (United), Naidu finds himself in a pivotal position within the coalition government.

 

Known for his adept negotiation skills, Naidu is expected to leverage his influence to secure key ministerial positions and advocate for the Special Category Status (SCS) promised to his state under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

 

Political analysts note that Naidu's resurgence comes at a crucial juncture for Andhra Pradesh, which faces financial challenges and seeks support from the Centre to fulfill electoral promises, develop Amaravati as the state capital, and complete the vital Polavaram project.

 

Moreover, Naidu's commanding position in the state assembly, with 135 out of 175 seats, means he is not reliant on allies such as the Jana Sena and BJP for the stability of his government, granting him the freedom to pressure the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government on state-specific issues.

 

Following a period of political irrelevance after the 2019 elections, Naidu's return to prominence was spurred by shifting alliances and changing dynamics within Andhra Pradesh politics, culminating in a formidable alliance that dealt a significant blow to the YSRCP in the recent elections.

 

This resurgence marks a remarkable turnaround for Naidu, who faced uncertainty after being embroiled in legal issues and spending time in jail over corruption allegations.

 

Since ascending to power in united Andhra Pradesh in 1995, Naidu has remained a prominent figure in Indian politics, earning recognition for his economic reforms and adept maneuvering across party lines.

 

Despite setbacks, including losing power to his political rival YS Rajasekhara Reddy in 2004, Naidu's alignment with Narendra Modi's BJP in 2014 provided him with a platform to revive his political fortunes, culminating in his current influential role within the NDA.

 

As he resumes his role as a kingmaker, Naidu's political acumen and ability to navigate complex political landscapes reaffirm his status as a formidable force in Indian politics.

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Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu has returned to a familiar role in national politics, reclaiming his position as a kingmaker after a two-decade hiatus.

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