The three-day Mahanadu of the TDP concluded with confusion over Chandrababu Naidu’s role in the years to come. The meeting held ahead of the next round of elections had failed to fix the role for the party chief.
Anantapur MP J C Diwakar Reddy had taken the lead to create this confusion. He wanted Chandrababu Naidu to play key role in the national politics and aspire for the Prime Minister post, while leaving the Chief Minister seat to his son, Lokesh. This statement was somewhat interesting for many leaders. Even Naidu likes someone talking about his achievements and requirement at the national politics as the saviour of the country. At the same time he is not ready to leave the State. For him, the PM and CM posts are like a bird in hand worth two in the bush. The CM post is the bird already in his hand and he cannot leave this for the two birds hiding in the bush as he is not sure of catching them. If he loses the bird in hand, there is no guarantee that he would catch the two in the bush. This goes well for Chandrababu Naidu.
He is also equally interested in playing a role in the national politics, particularly to unseat his rival, Narendra Modi. Leaders like Mamata Benerji are batting for his initiative in creating a third front in the national politics to take on Narendra Modi. When he was in Bengaluru, he was the centre of attraction for the regional parties conclave and finds himself more suitable and urgently required for the national battle.
But, he is equally scared of losing his seat in the State. He is not prepared to leave the post for any reason as he wants to pass on the power to his son Lokesh with a comfortable cushion after the 2019 elections. For Chandrababu Naidu 2019 is crucial election as he wants to retain his power in the State and also unseat Narendra Modi at the Centre. This would mean that he had to play a double and crucial role in the months to come ahead of the elections.
Chandrababu Naidu thus closed the three-day Mahanadu by taking a bigger task over his shoulders. Retaining his position is not so easy with Jaganmohan Reddy and Pawan Kalyan beating him from both sides. Defeating Narendra Modi too is not so easy for him and he is aware of the fact that losing this battle would put him and his party in bigger trouble. Losing this election would also mean a permanent cap on the future of his son Lokesh, who could never become the CM, if not in 2019.