Telugu Desam Party supremo and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had appealed to the people to give him one more term in the next elections. He said that Singapore had developed so well in a short period because of the single government that had been in power for the past 50 years. Andhra Pradesh too should have a government for such a long period to ensure development of the State, he said.
In the initial years of power after 1995, Chandrababu Naidu wanted to be in power like the CPM in West Bengal. He wanted his TDP cadre to work for the party like the CPM cadre in West Bengal where Jyothi Basu was the chief minister for more than three decades. He always drew inspiration from the CPM leadership in West Bengal those days. However, now he is following the Singapore model right from the Amaravati development and been showing Singapore as role model.
The other day in Nellore, Chandrababu Naidu launched housing programme for 4 lakh beneficiaries across the state. He said he had promised development of the State and told the people that development and welfare programmes needed to be continued for which he wanted his TDP to win the next elections. He is scaring the people that all the developmental activities would be derailed if the TDP is defeated.
The anti-incumbency is still strong in the State despite his government introducing several welfare schemes including the pension hike and the financial support to the women members of the self-help group. People are receiving the benefit but still it is to be seen if the benefits bring him votes. In 2004 too, he launched several welfare schemes including promotion of Information Technology to attract the youth. But, it was too late for him to wipe out his negative image created by the electricity movement. Even now, the welfare programmes that he had introduced, are too late to reach the people. It is to be seen if they work in his favour when the State goes for the elections in the next two months.