Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had made swift moves overnight, pulled out of the NDA and slapped a no confidence motion against the government. His decision generated greater heat in the national politics with several regional parties welcoming him to join hands to fight against the dictatorial attitude of Modi-Shah in the national politics.
Chandrababu Naidu’s twin decisions – pulling out of the NDA and No Trust Move – were comparatively delayed. He could have pulled out from the NDA on the day he made his two Ministers quit the Union Cabinet. But he deferred it for the reasons known to him. He had announced support to the no trust move of the YSR Congress in the larger interests of the State. But, he did not stand by his own words and went on to introduce his own move against the Union government. Having contacts with the politicians at the national levels, he had the advantage of calling the non-Congress and non-BJP leaders in Delhi seeking their support.
There are over 20 parties that are rallying around the Congress which are ready to back the no trust vote against the Modi government. There are over a dozen other parties that have their own reasons to corner Modi government taking advantage of the no trust vote motion from Andhra Pradesh. But, the big question now is whose move would they support – the YSR Congress or the TDP?
Chandrababu Naidu had changed his stand on key issues several times over the last four years. He wanted the special category status (SCS) for the first two years. He dropped it and favoured the special package that was offered by the Central government. He disowned and discounted the SCS and had even threatened to jail term for all those who speak for SCS. Since early 2018, particularly after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tabled the 2018-19 budget without any allocations for Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu began sulking. It was clear that he is not happy with the budget ignoring AP interests, but appeared having no clarity on his own statements that followed as the days passed. He contradicted his own statements every day, coming up with a new justification for his new statements.
Having a strong support in the media, Chandrababu Naidu wants people to believe him whatever he says, no matter even if he contradicts his own statements. He speaks for hours either in Assembly-Council or in public meetings believing that peoples’ memory is short. The greatest advantage for him now is the presence of weak Opposition which not able to counter him or nail him.
Either in pulling out from the cabinet and later from the NDA and serving a no confidence notice to the Speaker or in trying to mobilise support from the national parties, all he did was for an upmanship, a political strategy that he loves. It is now to be seen how the people understand his moves and intentions. The days ahead would say whether the people have accepted his moves or not.