Chandrababu Naidu Biography
Nara Chandrababu Naidu is the first CM of Andhra Pradesh after its division. He is holding the position since 2014. He also served as the CM for the united AP from 1994 to 2004. Currently, he is the president of Telugu Desam Party(TDP). He led his party to a thumping victory in the 2014 assembly elections, with the TDP winning 102 of the 175 assembly seats. In the Lok Sabha polls too, the TDP-BJP combine emerged with the highest tally in the region.
Chandrababu Naidu was born on 20th April 1950 in Chittoor district in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh in a farmer’s household to Karjoora and Ammannama. Naidu was the eldest child and he has two younger sisters and a brother.
Naidu studied at various schools in the Seshapuram gram panchayat and Chandragiri. He went on to secure a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Tirupati’s S.V. Arts College. This was followed by a post-graduate degree. It was during his college days that he was attracted to social and political causes. Naidu’s contemporaries at S.V. University included political figures such as K.S. Narayana and Pileru R. Reddy.
His brilliant leadership skills and interest in politics, made him rise to become the president of the local Youth Congress. The decisive turning point in his political career came when he contested and won in the 1978 assembly polls. At the age of 28, not only did he become an MLA, but also the youngest minister in the AP cabinet.
A rising star, he was given the portfolio of technical education and cinematography. His political clout was further enhanced in 1980 when he married Bhuvaneswari, the second daughter of Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, better known as NTR – the iconic Telugu film star who later became chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.
During his rule in the state from 1994, Naidu fashioned himself as a tech-savvy chief minister with a managerial style of functioning. He came out with a “Vision 2020” for the state and declared that he preferred to be known as the chief executive rather than the chief minister of the state.
According to his vision document, Andhra Pradesh would be a transformed state by 2020, and information technology would play a key role in this transformation. Specifically, Naidu drew up ambitious plans to turn Hyderabad into an information technology hub. Many of these plans were implemented in his eight-plus years as CM. His image was that of a hard-working CEO, analysing data from computers in his office in the capital and acting accordingly.
The World Bank was roped in as an adviser. Foreign leaders came calling, often making Hyderabad their second destination after New Delhi. The international media lauded him. Several services and IT companies set up shop in Hyderabad – or “Cyberabad” as it was sometimes called.
Naidu led his party to victory in the 1999 assembly elections, with the TDP combine winning 185 seats. In 2004, his party suffered a major setback, winning only 49 seats. He vowed to rebuild his party and stage a comeback. The TDP bettered its performance in the 2009 assembly polls, the Congress retained power in the state. However, in 2014 elections, he came back to power in alliance with BJP.
Awards and recognition
- Longest CM of Andhra Pradesh for eight years and eight months (1995-2004)
- Voted IT Indian of the Millennium in a joint poll by India Today and 20:20 Media
- Voted South Asian of the Year by the Time magazine
- Governor of Illinois declared ‘Naidu Day’ in his honour
N Chandrababu Naidu Facts and Information
|Full Name||Nara Chandrababu Naidu|
|Born||20 April 1950 in Chittoor district in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh|
|Current Designation||Chief Minister of (the new) Andhra Pradesh since 8 June 2014. President of the Telugu Desam Party|
|Preceded by||N. Kiran Kumar Reddy|
|Schooling||Studied at schools in Seshapuram gram panchayat and Chandragiri|
|College||BA in economics from Tirupati’s S.V. Arts College, followed by MA|
|Start of politics||Dabbled in student politics, became Youth Congress president|
|Political Party||Became an MLA and youngest minister in Congress government in Andhra Pradesh in 1978. Joined TDP in 1983.|
|Legislative career in Congress (1978-1983)||He won in the 1978 state election under the youth quota and became the minister for technical education and cinematography in the Congress government led by T. Anjaiah.|
|Marriage||He married Bhuvaneswari, the second daughter of Telugu superstar NT Rama Rao, in 1980|
|Legislative career in TDP (1989-1994)||Was TDP coordinator in the assembly and consolidated his position as an important leader of opposition|
|Chief Minister of AP (1995-2004)||Naidu became the 13th chief minister of Andhra Pradesh on 1ST September 1995 after leading a political coup in which the then CM and Naidu’s father-in-law NTR was ousted from power. As CM, Naidu consolidated his power and led the TDP to victory in the 1999 polls. He cultivated the image of a tech-friendly CM and worked hard to make Hyderabad an important IT hub. While he was praised by sections of the national and international media, critics accused him of concentrating exclusively on Hyderabad and ignoring rural parts of the state and farmers’ issues.|
|Assassination attempt||While going to the Lord Venkateswara temple on 1 October 2003, Naidu survived a landmine blast that left him with a broken collarbone and hairline fractures in two ribs.|
|Awards and recognition||