Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aversion to the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu, is well-acknowledged, stemming from the tumultuous events leading up to the 2019 elections. The manner in which Naidu treated Modi post their disassociation remains etched in the Prime Minister’s memory.
During the 2019 Andhra Pradesh election campaigns, Modi openly labeled Naidu as a “master of backstabbing,” reflecting the strained relationship between the two leaders. While Naidu might view politics as having no permanent enemies or friends, Modi’s approach starkly differs.
Despite Chandrababu attempts to forge an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2024 elections, Modi has shown little interest in such a partnership. His reluctance is not solely driven by emotional reasons but is also grounded in political considerations.
Sources indicate that Modi’s advisors have cautioned against aligning with Chandrababu at this juncture. One significant concern is Naidu’s ambitious promises of schemes amounting to over Rs 8 lakh crore, a sum notably larger than the commitments made by the current Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy.
The apprehension arises from the realization that fulfilling such colossal promises without substantial financial support from the central government would be a daunting task. There is a fear that Chandrababu might shift blame to the central BJP, portraying the party as betraying the people of Andhra Pradesh by withholding funds for crucial welfare schemes.
Naidu had previously accused the central BJP of betraying the state in 2019, specifically regarding the matter of special status. Given this historical backdrop, there is a prevalent belief that Naidu might employ a similar smear campaign against the BJP if the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) comes to power, potentially casting the BJP as the antagonist in the eyes of the Andhra Pradesh populace.
In light of these considerations, the unequivocal advice to Modi is to avoid any alliance with Naidu, deeming it in the best interest of the BJP as a whole. The potential pitfalls, both political and reputational, associated with such an association make it strategically imperative for Modi and his party to maintain a cautious distance from the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
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