Chandrababu Naidu's party TDP was part of BJP-led NDA until March 2018. (Photo Credit: File)
Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday greeted Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah on his 55th birthday. In his message, the former ally of the BJP-led NDA wrote on Twitter: "Happy Birthday Amit Shah Ji. Wishing you a memorable day and a wonderful year ahead with good health and happiness."
The home minister acknowledged the wishes and replied: "Thank you for your wishes." Well it could very well be the customary birthday wishes but Twitterati still speculated what they wanted to speculate. A twitter user commented on Naidu’s post with picture of him wearing special glasses which has the logo of both the BJP, Naidu’s former ally and the Congress.
Another user asked: "When r u joining BJP?" A user even suggested that the reason behind Naidu’s message could be his local rival and Andhra Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s growing ties with the saffron party.
Let’s have a look at some of the speculative tweets:
He won't take you back in NDA...— Kumar RaOwl (@personaltweet19) October 22, 2019
The former Andhra Pradesh chief minister was a key ally of the BJP and his party was part of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre till he parted ways in March 2018 over the demand of special category status for the state. After that, Amit Shah had made it clear that doors of NDA will always remain shut for Naidu.
“The NDA led by Narendra Modi is going to come back to power at the Centre. One won’t be surprised if the TDP makes an attempt to get back into the NDA fold once again. But, Mr Chandrababu Naidu, I want to make one thing clear. There is no question of allowing you back into the NDA. The doors are shut for you permanently,” Shah had said during the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
There are rumours in Andhra political corridor that Chandrababu Naidu is trying to go back into the folds of the BJP. Earlier this month, BJP’s national secretary and AP in-charge Sunil V Deodhar had also claimed that "Naidu told his party leaders not to join the BJP, as the TDP is going for a 50-50 seat share alliance with the BJP in the state."