Nara Chandrababu Naidu was born on April 20, 1950 in Kuppam, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, was the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh from 1995 to 2004. He has served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for two consecutive terms, and is the longest serving chief minister in the history of Andhra Pradesh. He is also the founder of Heritage Foods. As of February 2011, he is leader of the opposition in the Andhra Pradesh state assembly, and the president of Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
His father N.K. Naidu was an agriculturist and his mother Ammanamma was a housewife. Naidu went to Chandragiri Government High School and attended college at the Sri Venkateswara Arts College, Tirupati in which he did his Masters in Economics. While at college he was active in student issues and acted as the President of the students wing. He was working towards a Ph.D. degree at the same university when he entered politics.
He was elected as an MLA representing the Chandragiri constituency in 1978 and was the youngest Minister in the Cabinet in Congress. Naidu took over the post of Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from his father-in-law N. T. Rama Rao on September 1, 1995. This move was initially supported by D.Venkateshwara Rao, the elder son-in-law of Rama Rao, but after a few days he criticized it as ‘back-stabbing’. On October 11, 1999, he was sworn in as the Chief Minister for a second term.
On October 1, 2003, Naidu survived a land mine blast, which was believed to be part of an assassination attempt, planned by a naxal outfit, People War Group, now known as CPI Maoist. He escaped with a fractured left collar bone and a hairline fracture to two of his right ribs. The incident occurred around 16:00 (IST) when Naidu was travelling in a convoy, heading to the Lord Venkateshwara temple in the Tirumala hills for the annual Brahmotsavam festival.
The State Information Technology Minister B. Gopalakrishna Reddy, Telugu Desam legislators R. Rajasekhar Reddy and Ch. Krishnamurthy, as well as the driver Srinivasa Raju, were also injured. After an extensive investigation Naidu’s survival was attributed to the armored vehicle in which he was traveling.
There is some controversy surrounding his defeat in 1995 of the then chief minister and his father-in-law, N.T. Rama Rao. During his tenure as chief minister there were allegations of favoritism shown to Reliance Industries in exchange for kick backs.
Naidu is married to Bhuvaneswari and has a son Lokesh. His father-in-law, the late Mr. N.T. Rama Rao, was one of the most famous film actors of Telugu cinema, who later founded the Telugu Desam Party and was also the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.