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Tie-up with TRS did Naidu in

Nara Chandrababu Naidu, son of a farmer in a small village near Tirupati, refused to become the prime minister. He preferred the role of the CEO of Andhra Pradesh, who also dabbles in king making in Delhi.

india Updated: May 17, 2009 00:52 IST
Prasad Nichenametla

Nara Chandrababu Naidu, son of a farmer in a small village near Tirupati, refused to become the prime minister. He preferred the role of the CEO of Andhra Pradesh, who also dabbles in king making in Delhi.

While his peers were struggling with the present, he chalked out the future, with his vision Statement 2020. While they were troubled with their party affairs, he was convening his coalition partners and running the show at the Centre.

But that is past.

Naidu seems to have lost his lucky charm lately. The results made it clear that he would have to stay away from the Sachivalaya (the secretariat).

Not just the elections, all his ventures at the Centre during the past couple of years also went bust. While his United National Progressive Alliance turned out to be the Union of Non-Performing Assets during the trust vote in Parliament, the Third Front conjured up later proved equally non-performing.

Sensing his party was not equipped to face the Congress in the state, Naidu hurriedly cobbled up an alliance of the most unlikely partners — Left and TRS among them — just three months before the elections. He even favoured the creation of the separate Telangana state, contradicting his party’s old stand.

The results restricted his Mahakootami, or the Grand Alliance, to less than 110 of the 294 assembly seats. Insiders said Naidu made a mistake by giving 66 seats to his partners, as they won only around 16.

“If we went on our own in Telangana, we would have managed more seats and could have been in a position to form government,” a senior party leader, who did not wish to be identified, told HT.

“When the Congress improved its Lok Sabha tally, its assembly tally dropped from 185 to 157, which showed that cross-voting happened in favour of Naidu. But partnering with the TRS, whose candidates have no standing, turned against the TDP,” an analyst said.