Ugadi, the New Year of Telugu people across the world, is set to be a pack of bitter tastes for Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. Caught in the thick of controversies over his claims on the Special Category Status demand and breakup with the BJP, he finds is way very tough this time. Though he has one more Ugadi to be celebrated as the Chief Minister, the year ahead poses greater challenges for him with all the bitterness.
For Naidu, it is not going to be easy to face the onslaught of the BJP. His upper hand over the YSR Congress by taking its 23 MLAs and 3 MPs is not going to work now. This might happen to him any time before next Ugadi with the BJP set to take at least half-a-dozen MPs and close to half century MLAs from Naidu. The BJP had prepared the ground to rob Naidu when he was caught in the Note for Vote case, but it was Venkaiah Naidu who had saved the TDP that time, keeping the BJP’s master plan aside.
BJP’s master political engineer, Ram Madhav, was in the State holding consultations with the TDP MPs and MLAs during those days, but Venkaiah Naidu’s word prevailed and Ram Madhav’s political designs were kept aside. It was on Venkaiah Naidu’s advice that Chandrababu Naidu had vacated Hyderabad overnight and landed in Vijayawada in a bus where he slept for the first two days before moving into the irrigation office.
Now, this Ugadi had brought the same Ram Madhav to Andhra Pradesh. Between this Ugadi and the next Ugadi, Chandrababu Naidu had to save his party first before targeting the Opposition. It is not going to be easy for him to handle or face the BJP as he had been doing with the YSR Congress. With Ram Madhav making his entry again, it is likely that he would take out his plan that was stopped half-done.
Between the two Ugadis (of 2018 and 2019), Chandrababu Naidu is set to have tough time in saving his seat and his party as well from the BJP’s master stroke.