Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu seems to have finalised 'muhurtham' for formal induction of his son Lokesh into active politics, as his political successor, by assigning him key responsibility within the party.
According to party sources, as reported by the New Indian Express, the party's annual convention 'Mahanadu' to be held every year during the birthday of party's founder and Naidu's father-in-law N T Rama Rao, on May 28 was said to be finalised as an auspicious occasion for the purpose.
Naidu's son Lokesh is already taking big decisions even when he is not assigned any position.
Already Lokesh is calling the shots both in the party and the government without any formal position and now Naidu wants to give him a key post in the party so as to give legitimacy to his involvement in party affairs. He is expected to be given a 'bigger' responsibility at Mahanadu, scheduled to take place on May 27, 28 and 29.
According to sources, Naidu, who has decided to conduct the Mahanadu at Amaravathi, the new State capital, on a grand scale, is of the view that the party's maiden mega event in the reorganised State and the new capital is the right forum for the elevation of his son. Lokesh, the Stanford-educated businessman-turned-politico, has, of late, been focusing on winning the hearts and minds of the party cadre with the introduction of various welfare schemes for them, probably as a prelude to his anointment.
Soon after the TDP came to power, Naidu had appointed his son as the coordinator of the 'welfare fund', set up for the welfare of party workers.During the recent party membership drive, Lokesh had introduced insurance concessions in corporate hospitals for the party workers. Yesterday, he started classes in the Skill Development Centre, set up at the party headquarters in Hyderabad, to train the party workers in any trade of their choice.
He said he want to impart technical and other skills to batches of 250 workers each to help them get jobs in industries. He also announced that the TDP would set up skill development centres in each district across AP and Telangana in the next two years for the sake of the party cadre.
Ever since, Lokesh has been involving himself in party affairs actively, Chandrababu Naidu started keeping away most of senior party leaders from party affairs and denying them any official position in the government. He is preferring to give most of positions to those who are not well versed with party for a long time. He has been taking part in meetings with ministers along with his father. He is reportedly assessing the performance of ministers and MLAs.