Amaravati: “There are no permanent foes and friends in politics”, is a famous and most proved adage in Indian politics. Arch-rivals will become a bosom friend, and a best friend becomes the worst enemy in this game for power. This is the only rule to continue in politics for an extended period.
Telugu Desam Party president Chandrababu Naidu, who claims to be the most senior in Indian politics, is always ready to change. He used to tell his cadre and media that he is “a changed man” when he was in opposition for nine years. The latest buzz is that he has again become a changed person who wants to move towards his old friend — BJP.
It was reported that Chandrababu was repentant about leaving BJP. He was speaking to his cadre in a closed-door meeting in Visakhapatnam during his recent visit. Naidu expressed regret and felt that it was a big mistake to come out of NDA fold before the 2019 elections. The remarks created a political stir in Telugu states.
However, Andhra Pradesh BJP in-charge Sunil Deodhar is not in a good mood to accept Naidu’s remarks. He took to Twitter to describe Chandrababu’s words as “useless as him” and “are aimed at misguiding and misleading the TDP cadre”. “People should know that he is sunk in neck-deep corruption and will have to pay eventually,” tweeted Sunil for Chandrababu.
.@ncbn‘s recent public statements apologizing for criticizing the NDA govt before elections have no takers.They are as useless as him and are aimed at misguiding & misleading the TDP cadre.People should know that he is sunk in neck-deep corruption and will have to pay eventually. pic.twitter.com/N36N7C2egL
— Sunil Deodhar (@Sunil_Deodhar) October 12, 2019
The long love-hate story between BJP and Chandrababu started in the late 90s when the latter offered his support to the AB Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 1998. It was continued in 1999 elections as well. The duo lost power in the state and central at once in 2004. Then Chandrababu isolated BJP by terming it as a communal party.
After ten years, Naidu has once again embraced BJP and won the 2014 assembly elections. The honeymoon continued for four years, and Naidu still left the saffron party in 2018. He tried to unite all opposition parties to defeat BJP in the 2019 elections. However, the polls have become nightmarish to Chandrababu as his party could win only three parliament seats and 23 assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh.
Time will decide whether the aggressive and no sparing BJP, under the leadership of Modi and Shah, will give space to Chandrababu in its boat.