Telugu Desam Party
Telugu Desam Party is a National party, which has a strong presence both at state level and central politcis. TDP was formed in March 1982 by Late Shri Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao. TDP espoused no specific ideology except for its commitment of safeguarding “the political, economic, social, and cultural foundations of Telugu-speaking people.” TDP was the first regional party in independent India to have formed the main opposition in the 8th Lok Sabha (1984). Currently, TDP holds 3 Lok Sabha Seats.
Achievements of TDP-
- The TDP has helped all-round development of the farmers by providing them loans at minimal interest; electrification of the rural areas; and providing cheap water facilities and maximum technological innovation to enhance the agricultural economy in the state.
- Equal budget allocation has been made for Muslim and Christian minorities in the state, so that both these communities enjoy overall economic, political and social development.
- Through the National Public Distribution System (NPDS), the TDP has made available cheap rice to Below Poverty Line families in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Other essential commodities in the families have been provided at subsidized rates by the party. Women empowerment has been focused upon, with 50% reservation for women in elected and constitutional bodies.
- De-centralization of power in the local self-governing bodies has been one of the chief aims of the TDP. Not only administrative power, but financial independence has been given to the Zilla Parishads, Municipalities, Mandals, and Municipal corporations.
About The Party
N.T. Rama Rao
Popularly known as N.T. Rama Rao a.ka. NTR, Pedala Pennidhi by his fans, or Anna garu by his party workers excelled in all arenas of public life as an actor, director, producer, and politician. A man who devoted his life for his people is still worshiped by all for his stellar performance in mythological roles besides unique contributions to Indian politics.
Padmashri. Dr. NTR who found the Telugu Desam Party and served as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for over seven years was born in Nimmakuru, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh on 28 May 1923. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Andhra-Christian College of Guntur .The Nata Sarvabhouma (Emperor of Acting) in Telugu is identified for his portrayal of mythological characters of Lord Krishna & Lord Rama is worshipped as incarnation of God by many.
His roles as an elderly teacher (Badi Pantulu) to his pupils, a prince and pauper (Raju-Peda), a down to earth house servant who was dedicated to his master (Aatma Bhanduvu), helped him earn the good samaritan title and establish him as a model campaigner against corruption in public life and also as a people’s chief minister.
His role as a chief minister was influenced by queries by his fans as to what was his contribution to society in general. He felt speechless, whenever people asked him “Ayya, memu mimmalni devudu laga adarinchamu, kani meeru maku emi chesaru?” (We have treated you like a God but what have you done for us?) He was so much moved by such queries that after pondering it over several days he decided to form a political party to serve the people and strive for their all round upliftment.
Shri. Nara Chandrababu Naidu was born on 20 April 1950 at Naravaripalle, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh in an agricultural family. His father, N. Kharjura Naidu, worked in agriculture and his mother Amanamma was a housewife.Since his village had no school, Chandrababu Naidu attended primary school in Seshapuram until class five and the Chandragiri Government High School until class nine by walking 11 km every day. He went to Tirupati for his higher education, studying there from class 10 until he received his master’s degree. Chandrababu Naidu completed his BA degree in 1972.
Early Political Career
Chandrababu Naidu was drawn to politics at an early age,as a student leader in Chandragiri, near Tirupati in Chittoor district. Later he was appointed as technical education & Cinematography minister at the age of 28. As the cinematography minister, Chandrababu Naidu came in contact with N. T. Rama Rao.
He served as coordinator of the Telugu Desam Party, in which capacity he effectively handled the party’s role of main opposition in the assembly which won him wide appreciation from both the party and the public. His role during this phase both inside the Legislative Assembly and outside was a critical factor for the subsequent success of the party at the hustings.
As a Chief Minister (1995-2004)
As chief minister, Chandrababu Naidu advocated short-term sacrifice to turn Andhra Pradesh into an Asian tiger over the next 20 years.
Polit Bureau Members
But its meetings are thought to be regular and frequent, often characterised by blunt speaking and disagreement. Senior leaders speak first and then sum up, giving their views extra weight. The emphasis is always on reaching a consensus, but if no consensus is reached, the majority holds sway. Once a decision has been made, all members are bound by it. Although policy disagreements and factional fighting are widely believed to take place in private, it is extremely rare for these to break into the public domain.
- Polit Bureau
- Party State Committee – State Affliated Committees
- Dist. Party Committees – Dist.Party Affiliated Committees
- District Coordination Committee
- State Affiliated Presidents
- Constituency Co-ordinations Committees.
- Mandal Committees – Mandal Affliated Committees
- Village Committees
- Booth Committees
The Telugu Desam party founded by Dr N T Rama Rao in 1983 aimed at safeguarding the political, economic, social and cultural foundations of telugu speaking people in the country.
In Principle and also in Practice, it is the mission of the TDP party to protect the dignity and self respect of Telugus and also ensure provision of food, shelter and clothing to the common man at affordable and sustainable prices and achieve empowerment of women, youth and all backward segments of society in Andhra Pradesh.
The preamble of the TDP was to provide a welfare state based on the basic tenets of social justice and equality for all. “Society is a temple and People are deities”, Dr NTR had asserted repeatedly.