C.M.Chandra Babu Naidu
Nara Chandrababu Naidu is the first CM of Andhra Pradesh after its division. He is holding the position since 2014. He also served as the CM for the united AP from 1994 to 2004.
Currently, he is the president of Telugu Desam Party(TDP). He led his party to a thumping victory in the 2014 assembly elections, with the TDP winning 102 of the 175 assembly seats. In the Lok Sabha polls too, the TDP-BJP combine emerged with the highest tally in the region.
handrababu Naidu was born on 20th April 1950 in Chittoor district in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh in a farmer’s household to Karjoora and Ammannama. Naidu was the eldest child and he has two younger sisters and a brother.
Naidu studied at various schools in the Seshapuram gram panchayat and Chandragiri. He went on to secure a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Tirupati’s S.V. Arts College. This was followed by a post-graduate degree. It was during his college days that he was attracted to social and political causes. Naidu’s contemporaries at S.V. University included political figures such as K.S. Narayana and Pileru R. Reddy.
Personal life of Chandrababu Naidu
He was born on 20 April 1950 in Naravari Palle, Chittor district of Andhra Pradesh
Naidu has become the first Chief Minister of Seemandhra after the bifurcation of the Andhra Pradesh state.
Naidu has served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for the longest time i.e., eight years, eight months and 13 days.
He is the longest-serving opposition leader in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly
He became the youngest assembly member and Minister in the cabinet at the age of 28
He is voted as the IT Indian of the Millennium by a poll by India Today
In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, TDP won 102 seats out of 175 seats under the leadership of Naidu.
During the general elections of 1999, the TDP led by Naidu became victorious in Andhra Pradesh. The party won a majority with 185 seats out of 294 seats making it the second largest party in the BJP-led NDA coalition government.
The TDP has survived for 36 years since inception with the help of NTR’s legacy initially and Naidu’s acumen and organisational skills later
His brilliant leadership skills and interest in politics, made him rise to become the president of the local Youth Congress. The decisive turning point in his political career came when he contested and won in the 1978 assembly polls. At the age of 28, not only did he become an MLA, but also the youngest minister in the AP cabinet.
A rising star, he was given the portfolio of technical education and cinematography. His political clout was further enhanced in 1980 when he married Bhuvaneswari, the second daughter of Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, better known as NTR – the iconic Telugu film star who later became chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.
During his rule in the state from 1994, Naidu fashioned himself as a tech-savvy chief minister with a managerial style of functioning. He came out with a “Vision 2020” for the state and declared that he preferred to be known as the chief executive rather than the chief minister of the state.
According to his vision document, Andhra Pradesh would be a transformed state by 2020, and information technology would play a key role in this transformation. Specifically, Naidu drew up ambitious plans to turn Hyderabad into an information technology hub. Many of these plans were implemented in his eight-plus years as CM. His image was that of a hard-working CEO, analysing data from computers in his office in the capital and acting accordingly.
The World Bank was roped in as an adviser. Foreign leaders came calling, often making Hyderabad their second destination after New Delhi. The international media lauded him. Several services and IT companies set up shop in Hyderabad – or “Cyberabad” as it was sometimes called.Naidu led his party to victory in the 1999 assembly elections, with the TDP combine winning 185 seats.
How does one visualise TDP after Chandrababu? He succeeded NTR at the age of 44. At 61, he embarked on a marathon 2,300 km-long foot march while in the opposition and galvanised the people and his party rank and file in the run up to the 2014 elections. Now, at 66, he still has the reputation of being a workaholic with an 18-hour work schedule.
“The issue of change of leadership does not arise in the near future. Because our leader is hale and healthy, and works like a bull,” commented a senior party leader.
Naidu, however, seems conscious that a changeover is imminent in the future, if not today. The decks were cleared for his son Nara Lokesh to fit the bill. At 35, Lokesh was allowed to play an active role in the party a year before the last elections, later becoming MLC and minister with three major portfolios – Information Technology, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj. Earlier, these three portfolios were being held by three different ministers.
Prof K Nageswar, a political analyst, sees no hurdles for the changeover, if a need arises. There is no strong contender from within the party or from the NTR family for the role being played by Naidu as of now. Realising this harsh reality, the Daggubati family (NTR’s daughter and former minister Purandhareswari and her husband Dr Daggubati Venkateswara Rao) deserted the TDP in pursuit of greener pastures in the Congress and later in the BJP.
As a calculated move, Naidu cemented relations with his actor-brother-in-law Balakrishna by arranging the marriage of the latter’s daughter Bramhini with his son. With this, the other members in the NTR family, including Harikrishna, remained silent and have not thrown their hat in the ring. And the legacy of NTR is gradually fading as a lot of water has flowed under the bridge for Andhra since his death two and a half decades ago.
NTR founded his party with rural people as the basis. His successor Naidu, over a period of time, cultivated a new generation of voters mainly based in urban areas. He caught the imagination of urban technocrat middleclass sections by harnessing the IT revolution in the mid-90s. His initiatives opened the floodgates for upwardly mobile educated youths in his native state to explore opportunities overseas and emerge as a neo-rich middleclass with admiration for Naidu. With Lokesh given apt portfolios and learning from his father at close quarters, it seems that the TDP is going to be in the reckoning for some time to come.
Longest CM of Andhra Pradesh for eight years and eight months (1995-2004)Voted IT Indian of the Millennium in a joint poll by India Today and 20:20 MediaVoted South Asian of the Year by the Time magazineGovernor of Illinois declared ‘Naidu Day’ in his honour