Telugu Desam Party (TDP), a regional political party active in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, was founded by N T Ramarao on March 29, 1982.
Currently, the party is headed by N Chandrababu Naidu. TDP rose like a tidal wave sweeping away the Congress out of power in the 1983 assembly elections.
It went on to become the single largest Opposition party in the Lok Sabha after the 1984 parliamentary elections, surpassing all other national parties. It lost power in 1989, but regained it in 1994. As a result of N T Rama Rao’s (NTR) charismatic appeal and populist policies, TDP earned popularity among the poor, rural voters, especially among women. It was also supported by SCs and OBCs. Chandrababu Naidu’s technology-savvy policy also appealed to the masses, especially the millennials.
In March 2018, TDP withdrew its ministers from the central cabinet. The party was disappointed over Modi government’s failure to help Andhra Pradesh tap additional central government funds and grant Andhra 'Special Status'. When BJP refused to budge, Naidu announced its decision to formally exit the NDA alliance. TDP has 15 members in the current Lok Sabha. For General elections 2019, TDP is locked in a fierce battle for power with YSR Congress for simultaneous elections, which will be held on April 11.
In 2014, TDP bagged 102 seats in 175-member Legislative Assembly. It won 15 seats out of 25 Lok Sabha seats. This time, Naidu has tried to woo voters with the slogan, "Your future is my responsibility"