Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Amravati November 10.(PTI Photo)
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Amravati November 10.(PTI Photo)

Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu biggest loser in Maha Kootami decimation

The Andhra Pradesh chief minister had staked his personal prestige and political capital in trying to defeat the K Chandrashekar Rao-led TRS in his own bastion.
By Gali Nagaraja and Venkatesha Babu | Hindustan Times, Hyderabad, Hyderabad
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2018 12:18 PM IST

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s (TRS) landslide victory has left many licking their wounds in Telangana, including three working presidents of the Telangana Pradesh Congress, the president of the local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit and several former ministers, but the single biggest loser appears to be Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader Chandrababu Naidu, political analysts said.

The Andhra Pradesh chief minister had staked his personal prestige and political capital in trying to defeat the K Chandrashekar Rao-led TRS in his own bastion. Naidu was the brain behind the stitching-up of the Maha Kootami (Grand Alliance), comprising the Congress, TDP, Communist Party of India and Telangana Jana Sena. Not only did he strategise, he personally campaigned as well, specially in parts of Telangana having large numbers of settlers from the coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

KCR and Naidu have shared a mixed relationship. Both started as foot soldiers in the Youth Congress and successfully migrated to become ministers in the TDP, started by Naidu’s father-in-law N T Rama Rao. KCR even served in Naidu’s ministry before their political trajectories diverged irrevocably. After KCR successfully campaigned for and won statehood for Telangana, Naidu could not forgive his one-time cabinet minister and swore revenge for what he considered a betrayal. That was why he stitched together the Kootami in the hope of dethroning KCR.

However, none of that seems to have helped the Kootami, if the assembly election results are any indication. The TRS scooped up 88 of the 119 seats in the Telangana assembly, after KCR in September took a gamble by dissolving the state assembly and calling early elections. Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in June 2014.

Read| Telangana assembly election results 2018: What didn’t work for Maha Kootami

According to political analyst Sriram Karri, KCR owes Naidu a big thanks for intervention in the Telangana elections. “Naidu was strutting around on the national stage, trying to stitch together a maha gathbandhan (grand alliance). Now I doubt whether the stalwarts who, till yesterday, got pictures taken at the Naidu-sponsored Opposition meet will be keen to be seen with him. Naidu’s intervention galvanised Telangana pride and sentiment, which KCR leveraged as a neighbouring state’s head with inimical intentions ,” he said.

KCR took a jab at Naidu at a post-victory press conference, saying “I will give him a return gift since he gave me a gift,” in a possible hint that he would play a role in Andhra politics. However, the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress (YSRC) and Jana Sena Party (JSP), which are significant players in Andhra and did not contest the Telangana polls in an apparent bid to help KCR beat their common enemy, seem wary of KCR’s intervention. “It’s nothing but a game of loss and gain. We will only back KCR if we gain in our state, which is unlikely in the present political situation,” said a senior JSP leader on condition of anonymity.

After all, the TRS rode to power twice as a crusader for a separate Telangana, which went against the interests of Andhra Pradesh, he added.

KCR’s comment evoked a similar response from YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSRC. Its former MP, Y. Vijaya Sai Reddy, said, “We are confident of winning the election in 2019 on our own. Although our party got a big morale booster with Naidu’s fiasco in Telangana, finding common ground with KCR to work together in Andhra Pradesh with a different political setting is unlikely.”

The reservations of the JSP and the YSRC leaders over KCR’s possible entry into the Andhra political arena did not prevent grassroots cadre from celebrating the TRS victory.

Activists from both parties put up huge cut-outs of KCR, cut cakes and burst crackers.

For more on Telangana assembly elections, read here

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Rumblings of discontent have begun to surface within the Telangana Congress against continuation of the grand alliance with TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi after K Chandrasekhar Rao’s TRS swept the assembly elections.(PTI/File Photo)
Rumblings of discontent have begun to surface within the Telangana Congress against continuation of the grand alliance with TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi after K Chandrasekhar Rao’s TRS swept the assembly elections.(PTI/File Photo)

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attend a meeting of opposition parties at Parliament House Annexe in New Delhi, India, on Monday, December 10, 2018. (File Photo)(HT PHOTO)
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Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Amravati November 10.(PTI Photo)
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Amravati November 10.(PTI Photo)

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UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2018 12:18 PM IST
The Andhra Pradesh chief minister had staked his personal prestige and political capital in trying to defeat the K Chandrashekar Rao-led TRS in his own bastion.
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Deserted look inside Congress headquarters, Gandhi Bhavan in Nampally, Hyderabad, Telangana on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
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Deserted look outside Congress headquarters, Gandhi Bhavan in Nampally, Hyderabad, Telangana on Tuesday.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
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TRS leader K Chandrashekar Rao addresses the media after the party's victory in Assembly elections, in Hyderabad on December 11.(PTI Photo)
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The one and only one factor that won the day for the TRS, appears to be the charisma of party president K Chandrasekhar Rao(PTI)
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