Former CM and Telugu Desam Party supremo Chandrababu Naidu will be contesting last time in 2024 elections in Andhra Pradesh. This poll battle will be like do or die stance in his terms and due to age and health issues too, he might quit politics, family sources reveal.

According to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo and Leader of the Opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly N. Chandrababu Naidu, the 2024 election will put him in a “do or death” situation. He seems to be accepting of the circumstance, which will determine his political future.

It’s interesting to note that four political parties, including the ruling party and the main opposition party, are getting ready and canvassing voters. Each of them is pleading with the people to give it a chance to control the state, whether it be the “first,” “second,” or “last,” depending on the situation.

The Jana Sena Party (JSP) is pleading with voters to provide it the chance to control the state with a little different ideology that uplifts citizens. Given the populist plans of the state government, the governing YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) is confident that it will be given a second chance to rule the state. Given that it has distributed more than Rs. 1.5 lakh crore to tens of thousands of welfare recipients, the YSRCP government is optimistic about winning votes schemes across the state. About 87% of the state’s population are beneficiaries of its welfare schemes.

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The ruling party is banking heavily on the ‘Navaratnas’ among its welfare schemes. Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is confident about returning to power. The system of volunteers has taken the administration to the doorstep of people.

So, Chandrababu Naidu is facing a peculiar situation in challenging the YSRC. The ruling party has been drawing attention to Chandrababu’s age and highlighting how Jagan, in contrast, is preparing to rule the state for three decades uninterruptedly (Jagan too would become an octogenarian thereafter).

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Striking an emotional chord with people, Naidu has been asserting that Andhra Pradesh would be in peril if the Telugu Desam Party is not voted to power. He is pointing to the debt trap in which the state is caught due to the misrule of YSRC. He has been highlighting the point that the YSRC government has borrowed a whopping Rs. 4 lakh crore. The YSRC government is at pains to counter that some other states like Maharashtra had borrowed far more than AP.

It is in this context that Chandrabau Naidu bared his innermost feelings before people at Kurnool recently and mentioned that the 2024 elections would be the last one for him if TDP is not voted to power. For good measure, he added that AP, destroyed by YSRC, needs TDP to mend matters.

Naturally, the cadre of TDP were taken aback at Chandrababu Naidu’s significant statement. People read it as his appeal for giving him a last chance. Thus, we have JSP and BJP seeking one chance, YSRCP seeking one more chance, and TDP seeking last chance.

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JSP chief Pawan Kalyan has stated that they won’t give room for splitting anti-YSRCP votes at any cost. This caused a flutter among leaders and cadre of the ruling party, which then dared Pawan Kalyan to contest the next elections on his own without having truck with any other party.

People are aware of Chandrababu Naidu’s indirect involvement in the 58-year-old Telugu state’s bifurcation due to the consent letter he wrote to the Indian government before the division of undivided AP. People also think that Jagan’s departure from the Congress was the catalyst for the entire incident since the Congress leadership was concerned about the party’s future in a unified Arunachal Pradesh. The BJP, which had initially opposed the creation of Telangana, later supported the notion of statehood for TS in an effort to seize control of the new state. #KhabarLive #hydnews #hydlive

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A political journalist based in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. He heads our AP bureau. A flair knowledge of political run in every party plus good rapport in government and political circles. Having 10+ years of experience in print and television news. A good commentarator too.