By deciding to break the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party in a gradual manner, Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has once again proved that he has mastered the art of use and throw his allies according to his political convenience.
Naidu entered politics in 1978 by joining the Congress party. But even when he was still young in politics, he made an attempt to dump the party which gave him political birth by sowing the seeds of politics in his father-in-law N T Rama Rao. (Naidu himself said several times that it was because of his advice that NTR had founded the TDP).
When NTR really founded the party, Naidu did not have confidence in him and dumped the TDP to stay back in the Congress.
But, after NTR emerged victorious and his party had routed the Congress party to come to power, Naidu did not wait even for a few months and joined the TDP by conveniently dumping the Congress party.
When NTR lost power in 1989, Naidu gained control over the party and ignored NTR. And when NTR returned to power in 1994, Naidu once again played a key role in staging a revolt against the former and usurped power.
In 1996 Lok Sabha elections, Naidu steered the wheel in national politics by forming United Front with several regional and national outfits and was instrumental in making two Prime Ministers Deve Gowda and I K Gujral. But he did not last long in the UF.
While continuing as UF convenor, he deserted the same to support the BJP government led by Vajpayee in 1998.
Subsequently, Naidu became a key player of the NDA till 2004, when he lost power in the state along with the BJP in Centre. And he did not lose much time to describe his alliance with the BJP as big mistake.
He remained neutral as an opposition leader till 2009, when he joined hands with the Left parties and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi to form a grand alliance.
But soon after the grand alliance experiment failed, Naidu dumped the TRS and the Left. And in 2014, his party forged an alliance with the BJP and joined the NDA led by Narendra Modi. And now, he is dumping the BJP for his political convenience!
N Chandrababu Naidu Track Record
1983 Dumped Congress and Joined NTR
1989 Dumped NTR
1998 Dumped United Front Without resigning as UF Convenor
2004 Dumped BJP
2009 Dumped TRS
2013 Dumped Left rejoins BJP
2018 Dumped BJP before 2019 elections