N. Chandrababu Naidu Age, Wife, Biography & More
N. Chandrababu Naidu is an Indian politician and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.After, the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, he has become the first Chief Minister of Seemandhra. He is also the President of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). He was a former ally of the NDA government during 1999 general elections and has again joined hands and formed an alliance with the NDA government in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He has served as the longest Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 1995 to 2019.
Naidu was born to a farming family in a small village near Tirupati in what is now southeastern Andhra Pradesh. He was initiated into politics during his student days at Sri Venkateswara University College of Arts in Tirupati, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1972, and he continued with postgraduate studies at the larger university. He had joined the Indian National Congress (Congress Party), and in 1975–77, during the period of emergency rule imposed by then prime minister Indira Gandhi, he served as the local youth president of the party. He subsequently discontinued his studies to pursue a career in politics.
Naidu became a confidant of Sanjay Gandhi, Indira’s eldest son, and in 1978 he ran for and was elected to a seat in the Andhra Pradesh state legislative assembly. While in office he also was a minister (1980–83) in the state cabinet. During that period he married the daughter of Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR), a superstar of Telugu-language films and founder of the TDP who served three terms as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. Naidu lost his bid for reelection to the the assembly in 1983 in the TDP sweep of the state elections that year, and he joined the new party.
Naidu soon gained the confidence of NTR, especially following his role in helping thwart a Congress Party attempt to oust NTR from his post as chief minister in 1984. Naidu became general secretary of the TDP in 1985 and was instrumental in building up an effective party organization. Although Naidu did not hold a portfolio in NTR’s government when it was in power (1983–89), he came to wield considerable clout within the party. When the TDP was out of power (1989–94), Naidu served as party coordinator, skillfully handling its opposition role in the state assembly. His work during that phase was a key factor in the subsequent success of the TDP in the state elections of 1994.
In August 1995 Naidu staged a successful intraparty coup against his father-in-law to counter the rising influence of Lakshmi Parvathi (or Parvati), NTR’s second wife. Later that year he was unanimously elected leader of the TDP and simultaneously took over for NTR as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. He continued to strengthen the party, and in the 1996 elections to the Lok Sabha(lower chamber of the Indian parliament), the TDP won a total of 16 seats. In the September–October 1999 Lok Sabha elections, the TDP did even better, gaining 29 seats and solidifying Naidu’s reputation as a leader of significance. He lent his party’s support to (without joining) the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance coalition that governed the country between 1999 and 2004. Also in October 1999 he was reaffirmed in his tenure as chief minister, riding the crest of the TDP’s parliamentary and state electoral success.
By that time, Naidu was viewed as an up-and-coming figure in national politics and a future candidate for prime minister. Known for his political acumen and zeal for reform, he was an efficient administrator and policy maker who saw his role as being more like the head of a corporation than a chief minister. Appreciated for his dynamism and willingness to experiment, he accorded priority to good governance and infrastructure development and exhibited the will to invigorate the economic climate of the state. In particular, Naidu’s emphasis on the development of information technology helped transform Andhra Pradesh’s capital, Hyderabad, into one of India’s most attractive destinations for new investment.
Naidu remained a national and international figure, but his attempts at reform disillusioned large groups of voters in Andhra Pradesh, especially farmers and the poor who did not benefit from his programs. The TDP was soundly defeated in 2004 national parliamentary and state elections, even though it was still allied with the BJP, and Naidu stepped down as chief minister. Again spearheading the opposition in state politics—though now as party leader—he dropped his ties with the BJP and forged an alliance between the TDP and smaller state parties to contest the 2009 national and state elections. That attempt failed, however, as the party made no real gains in either the Lok Sabha or the state assembly. Naidu did retain his assembly seat.
State assembly elections were held in the spring of 2014, just prior to the creation of Telangana state in June out of the northwestern portion of Andhra Pradesh. The TDP again allied itself with the BJP and won a plurality of seats. That plurality became a clear majority when the newly configured Andhra Pradesh assembly convened in June (following the departure of the Telangana members). The TDP formed a government, with Naidu as chief executive.
|Full Name||Nara Chandrababu Naidu|
|Political Party||Telugu Desam Party
|Political Journey||• In 1978, he became an MLA from Chandragiri constituency as a member of Indian National Congress Party.
• Soon after losing from a TDP candidate in 1983 assembly polls, he joined the same party.
• He became general secretary of the party in 1984 after a coup against N.T. Rao.
• In 1989 Vidhan Sabha elections, he was elected an MLA from Kuppam constituency.
• He became an MLA from Kuppam constituency in 1994 Andhra Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections.
• Naidu became Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in 1995 and held the chair till 2004.
• In 2014, he again became the Chief Minister of state after he led his party to an outright majority in the assembly elections.
|Biggest Rival||Jagan Mohan|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in feet inches- 5’ 11”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Hair Colour||Salt & Pepper|
|Date of Birth||20 April 1950|
|Age (as in 2017)||67 Years|
|Birth Place||Naravari Palle, Chandragiri, Madras (Now in Andhra Pradesh)|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Taurus|
|Hometown||Naravari Palle, Chandragiri|
|School||Primary School Sethapuram
Chandragiri Government High School, Kasaragod
|College/University||Sri Venkateswara Arts College, Tirupati
Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati
|Educational Qualification||M.A. (Economics)|
|Debut||Naidu made his entry to the politics with Youth Congress as a student leader in Chandragiri.|
|Family||Father- Not Known
Mother- Not Known
Brother- Not Known
Sister- Not Known
|Address||Plot No.1310, Road No.65, Jublee Hills, Hyderabad|
|Controversies||Naidu escaped an assassination attempt in 2003. It was a land mine blast which had happened when he was travelling to Lord Venkateshwara Temple for the annual Brahmotsavam festival. This fractured his left collarbone and two of his right ribs suffered hairline fractures.|
|Girls, Affairs and More|
|Children||Son- Nara Lokesh
|Salary||INR 1.25 Lakh/month|
|Net Worth||INR 177 Crore (as in 2014)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About N. Chandrababu Naidu
- Does N. Chandrababu Naidu smoke: Not Known
- Does N. Chandrababu Naidu drink alcohol: Not Known
- He did enrol for the PhD under D. L. Narayana but did not complete his doctorate for he wanted to be active in the politics.
- Naidu married the third daughter of actor, filmmaker Nandakumari Taraka Rama Rao in 1980. Rao later became the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in January 1983.
- He staged a revolt against his father in law in 1995, who was the CM of state at that time. This was to bring the TDP under his name, and he eventually succeeded. Shortly, N. T. Rama Rao passed away.
- Naidu became the Chief Minister of the state in September 1995 and was in the chair until 2004. The loss that he saw in 2004 assembly elections was believed to be the implementation of Vision 2020 which saw the privatisation of education and health care and the oust of small farmers so big corporates could farm, just like in western countries.
- Naidu was offered the honorary professorship by Kellog School of Management in the year 2000.
- Telugu Desam Party returned to power in Andhra Pradesh in 2014, and Naidu became the first Chief Minister of the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh after Telangana was separated.