It is clear every time for those who follow the politics of Chandrababu Naidu. What he speaks for outside is different from what he thinks. This is proved once again now with the latest controversy over the Central budget.
What Chandrababu Naidu speaks about the budget allocations and his anger are not actually about the injustice done to the State as is claimed. He is anger or upset not for the budget but because of the BJP’s plans to strengthen the party in the State by replacing Kambhampati Haribabu as the State president. Haribabu had been a soft-friend of Chandrababu Naidu for various reasons and as several BJP leaders from the State claim, the party is not able to grow in the State because of Haribabu.
Now, the BJP national leadership and finally zeroed on making former minister Kanna Lakshminarayana as the State party chief and take former Union minister Daggubati Purandheswari as Central Minister by giving her the Rajya Sabha membership. These two steps of the BJP would help in strengthening the BJP in the State, which would mean a slow blow to the TDP’s base. Kanna Lakshminarayana was a firebrand Congress leader in the State and a strong critic of Chandrababu Naidu. If he is made the BJP president in the State, it is for sure, that he would activate the party from the grassroots and would take away the Kapu votes from the TDP. He is seen as a potential threat to Chandrababu Naidu and his TDP.
Similarly, if Purandheswari is made Union minister again, she would go hard at the State government and would sure monitor all the Central schemes being implemented in the State. She would also force the State to give due credit to the Modi leadership in the schemes like housing, roads, pensions, insurance and other such schemes. Chandrababu Naidu, who has been taking credit for these programmes sans Central government, is not prepared to give the due credit to the BJP.
Having come to know about these changes proposed by the BJP leadership at the Centre, Chandrababu Naidu was upset and was waiting for a chance to express his anguish. The Budget had come as a blessing in disguise for him and had made his men to speak for him and his upset. The media which is safeguarding his interests in the State too had floated news like Naidu speaking to the leaders of other regional parties and getting ready to form a third front. This had all helped him to make the BJP top leaders like Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to speak to him and know his mind. Naidu had utilised the opportunity and had prevailed upon the BJP leadership to drop the idea of naming Kanna Lakshminarayana as party chief Purandheswari as Union Minister. On his request, the BJP leadership had decided to continue Haribabu as the party State unit chief and keep Purandheswari aside for the time being.
Naidu is now rest assured that the BJP, under the leadership of Haribabu would not be a threat to his TDP in the State. He can also continue to enjoy the popularity of implementing the housing, insurance and other schemes without a mention of the BJP and the Central government.
However, the party MPs continue to raise their voice against the Union budget for some time only to keep the media and the people informed of all his plans for the state, while the plans are only to save his party.