How Chandrababu Naidu matters?

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In Indian politics few leaders have the shrewdest acumen with their deep insight to anticipate the wave of political power and according to their anticipation they build their political priorities and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu is one of the leading name in those leaders.

N Chandrababu Naidu moves on chess board of power politics with his priorities in mind and he does not believe in influencing the outcome but anticipate the outcome to place him into that outcome with safe position of his political priorities.

In mid 1990’s when he revolted against his father in law and the then strongman of Telugu politics N .T Ramarao it was almost unimaginable for any one as the leader of Andhra Pradesh who single handedly fought the political hegemony of Congress in his state and even absorbed the storm of sympathy wave in 1984 general elections born out of assassination of Ms Indira Gandhi and survived his political clout to win respectable number of seats to get the status of opposition party in Loksabha, the first regional party to achieve this status , was overthrown from his own party in a coup from his own son in law Chandrababu Naidu who emerged on political landscape and sustained the legacy of Telugu politics with more vitality and mobility .

The recent political developments in last few months indicates about future on politics in India when general elections are nearing and every political leader and formation is moving with caution for  their position . The decision of Chandrababu Naidu to form an alliance with Congress in Telangana is worth watching   as it not only happens to be a significant political development but with larger political implications in near future.

The legacy of Telugu Desham Party had been filled with a bitter history of political rivalry with Congress, but the most important feature and the real hallmark of Telugu Desham Party had been its role in evolving the political culture of regional parties being given the national stature and heard in national politics.

In 1989 when the coalition politics begins on political landscape in India on serious note with long lasting effect, The Telugu Desham Party and its leader played a significant role in stitching an alliance of various regional political parties on one platform in the name of “ National Front ” and N.T.Ramarao himself was the national president  of this front which later  formed the government in the leadership of V P Singh Convener of National front)  with support of right and left to keep  Rajiv Gandhi away  from power.

When Chandrababu Naidu become the leader of Telugu Desham Party he continued with the political legacy of his leader and played a role of catalyst to bring together more regional parties to form a political alliance to bring regional parties on national platform . He had been successful in bringing together the regional parties to form the government at centre twice.

The recent development and buzz around Chandrababu  Naidu of his efforts to bring together various regional political parties on one platform has been wrongly defined in some quarters as his negative approach to keep BJP away from the power. It does not seem the case of personal choice or appreciation; it all sounds more of carrying out the political doctrine of TDP who believes in a central government with more accommodative, cooperative and conceding more space to regional parties rather than occupying their political space with hegemonic politics.

In 1980’s when N .T Ramarao worked to build a coalition with regional parties to take on the juggernaut of Indira Gandhi it was the BJP whom he find more suitable to his cause as the BJP had its footprints in North India and with his command on regional parties in South India, he could smell his opportunity to shake up the balance of power in national politics from centralized way of functioning to more regional aspiration form of governance.

The present government led by the BJP and its leaders emulates the Indira Gandhi doctrine of governance with centralization and complete domination without conceding the political space to regional parties and work ambitiously to occupy the political space of different regional parties in different states.

The political culture of Indian politics has reversed in last three decades as the political party which worked with regional parties to overthrow the Congress hegemony is doing everything to emulate the political character of Congress in era of 1980’s when the idea of broad coalition worked with success to contain the juggernaut of Congress as before 1980’s when coalitions were built it did not able to provide a serious challenge to Indira Gandhi.

The serious efforts of N Chandrababu Naidu would  have  some serious implications for  upcoming general elections as Chandrababu Naidu does not believe in influencing the outcome of power politics but he believes in placing himself on safer side in power politics  with his political priorities and in present scenario he finds the role of political parties reversed as Congress seems standing where BJP was in 1991 and BJP ambitiously work to achieve the status of Indira Gandhi with total domination and centralization of political power at centre and state level.