15 June, 2021

India's Chanakyas | Meet N. Chandrababu Naidu's Political Advisors

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu puts his trust in his understated ministers.

India's Chanakyas | Meet N. Chandrababu Naidu's Political Advisors

The bureaucracy was Nara Chandrababu Naidu’s most proactive guides in governance when the Telugu Desam Party leader ruled the undivided state of Andhra Pradesh for two consecutive terms from 1994. He was so dependent on the bureaucrats that he was even snidely called Babus’ Babu. “That’s not the case after the state’s bifurcation in 2014 (when Naidu returned to power),” says a close aide. Then again, Naidu may have unfastened the grip of the babus, but he has now been accused of ignoring the political advice of his seasoned colleagues and encouraging his inner circle with a coterie of magnates from the corporate and infrastructure worlds. The allegation cannot be independently verified. Elections: Number Game

Naidu’s core team includes C. Kutumba Rao, a stock broker on financial matters, and Hari Prasad, who handles IT—a signature area of the chief minister whose tech obsession has earned him the moniker Cyberbabu. Sources close to Naidu say...

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