Andhra Pradesh Assembly Election: N Chandrababu Naidu Set To Be Andhra Chief Minister, PM To Attend IMAGE

Chandrababu  Amidst this scenario, a five-year-old video and a tweet by Naidu criticizing the Modi government is going viral on social media platforms, stirring discussions online. “Modi has systematically destroyed prestigious institutions of India. In BJP govt’s rule, institutional autonomy and democracy have been under attack

Hyderabad: With 240 seats secured, the Bharatiya Janata Party is falling short of a majority on its own and is heavily dependent on its alliance partners, including Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) [JD(U)], to reach the 272-seat majority needed to form the government. Amidst this scenario,  old videos and tweets by Naidu criticizing the Modi government is going viral on social media platforms, stirring discussions online.

“Modi has systematically destroyed prestigious institutions of India. In BJP govt’s rule, institutional autonomy and democracy have been under attack. From CBI to RBI, even a constitutional authority like the Election Commission was not spared,” read the tweet from Naidu, which was posted on April 16, 2019, right after the AP Assembly elections at that time.“We want to send this message across loud & clear, all efforts by BJP to attack the Indian democracy will be met with a strong opposition. People must understand that any leader will do better than PM Modi ji. BJP govt has let the people of this country down in all possible ways. (sic), he wrote in an other tweet.Additionally, in an old video from 2019, Chandrababu Naidu is seen discussing with a journalist, stating that his party follows a secular agenda and previously allied with Modi out of political compulsion. He emphasizes that today’s necessity is democratic, adding that “all leaders are better than Narendra Modi” and “Prime Ministers were chosen after elections.”

However, Naidu has confirmed his participation in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) meeting on Wednesday. It has also been reported that the Congress has reached out to both Chandrababu Naidu and Nitish Kumar through multiple channels, in the hopes that they might reconsider their position in the NDA alliance in the coming months.

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his former INDIA ally and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav were reportedly seen taking the same flight to the national capital on Wednesday.

The final tally for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections revealed that the BJP has secured 240 seats. Both Chandrababu Naidu and Nitish Kumar have a history of switching sides between the BJP and the Congress.

Former Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Dr Kaushik Basu has expressed his admiration for Chandrababu Naidu. The ex-CEA, who now teaches economics at Cornell University, recounted a one-on-one policy discussion with Naidu once.

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Dr Basu commented that he found two qualities particularly impressive: Chandrababu Naidu’s efficiency and commitment to secularism. He hopes Naidu continues to embody these qualities and opts to withdraw from the NDA at this time.

Netizens responded to Dr Basu’s comments, expressing their views.

“Sir, I respect you and your views, but I can’t agree with this suggestion. It would be immoral and unethical to pull out of a pre-poll alliance that is tantamount to cheating the electorate. Secularism is not under any threat. If democracy needs to thrive, voters mandate must be respected,” a social media user @Imbhgks replied to his post.

“But he fought within the NDA fold. With communal BJP. Was he not secular, then? And is it now? Basu Sir playing the politics of convenience?” replied another social media user.

According to Election Commission data, the NDA clinched a landslide victory by winning 164 out of 175 seats in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly. The TDP won 135 seats, the Jana Sena party secured 21 seats, and the BJP grabbed eight seats.

The alliance also performed strongly in the Lok Sabha elections, securing 21 out of 25 seats in the state. TDP won 16 seats, BJP secured three, and Jana Sena bagged two.

The BJP won a majority on its own in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls. However, in the 2024 general elections, it fell short of its target of winning 370 seats. The Lok Sabha elections were conducted in seven phases: April 19, April 26, May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25, and June 1.

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