NTR Telugu Desam Party (Lakshmi Parvathi)
(NTRTDP(LP)) is a regional political party
in the India
state of Andhra Pradesh
. The party was founded by Lakshmi Parvathi, the widow of the film star and Telugu Desam Party
politician N.T. Rama Rao
. Parvathi formed the party after the internal coup in which NTR's son-in-law Chandrababu Naidu
took control over TDP in 1995.
Initially NTRTDP(LP) appeared to be able to challenge the TDP of Naidu. In the 1996 Lok Sabha elections
NTRTDP(LP) launched candidates in all 42 constituencies in Andhra Pradesh
. It won 3,249,267 votes (10.66% of the votes in the state and 0.97% of the vote in the nation as a whole). However, it could not win a single seat.
Many believed that NTRTDP(LP) would win seats in the 1998 Lok Sabha
elections 1998 . This time the party had the backing of the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP). NTRTDP(LP) nominated five candidates, who together got 384,211 votes (1,2% of the votes in the state). In the constituency Srikakulam
the party candidate got more than 30% of the votes.
After the 1998 elections, NTRTDP(LP) declined rapidly and many leaders left the party. BJP became an ally of the arch-enemy Naidu. In the 1999 Lok Sabha
elections NTRTDP(LP) launched 13 candidates, who together mustered 61635 votes (0,18% of the votes in the state). In the state assembly elections the same year NTRTDP(LP) nominated 71 candidate, but who together only got 53,259 votes (0,65% of the votes in total).
In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections the party only... Read More