N. Bhaskara Rao

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Nadendla Bhaskara Rao
11th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
In office
16 August 1984 – 16 September 1984
Preceded by N.T. Rama Rao
Succeeded by N.T. Rama Rao
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Khammam
In office
10 March 1998 – 26 April 1999
Preceded by Tammineni Veerabhadram
Succeeded by Renuka Chowdhury
Personal details
Born (1936-06-23) 23 June 1936 (age 83)
Guntur, Madras Presidency, British India
Political party Indian National Congress(till 6th July 2019) Bharatiya Janata Party(6th July 2019-Till now)

Nadendla Bhaskara Rao (born 23 June 1936) was the chief minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh for a brief period in 1984. He served the shortest term yet, as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh – 31 days. His son Nadendla Manohar is Ex MLA for Tenali Constituency who is also the last Speaker for United Andhra Pradesh assembly.


A lawyer by profession, he graduated from Osmania University, Hyderabad, he entered the AP state assembly in 1978. He served as a Minister of state in Chenna Reddy's cabinet. Along with N. T. Rama Rao he played major role in formation of Telugu Desam Party in 1982. He was considered as the political guide to NTR, who was new to politics.

After TDP won assembly elections in 1983, Bhaskara Rao joined NTR cabinet as Finance minister.

Short-lived CM

After one and a half years of the TDP's rule the main opposition party, Outers pulled a coup on the NTR government in August 1984. Congress (I) gave support to Bhaskara Rao's group within TDP at a time when NTR was away in the US to undergo angiogram. Since Congress was in power at the (UTC)center and their nominee occupied the AP Governor's post, Bhaskara Rao became CM of Andhra Pradesh.

Seventeen opposition parties, including the CPI, CPI(M), BJP and the Janata criticised this move and launched a ‘Save democracy movement’, leading to massive anti-Centre protest against the dismissal of the TDP government. NTR returned from US, wore black clothes and launched a statewide yathra to protest the dismissal of his government. He called it a dharma yuddham (a war for justice), a war against the authoritarian and autocratic rule at the Centre, for restoration of democracy and safeguarding the Constitution. The central government, recalled the governor and reinstalled NTR as CM – the only instance in political history of India when a dismissed CM was reinstated.

Bhaskara Rao left TDP and joined Congress (I) along with his close supporter Amukurajah Rao. His reign as AP CM lasted 31 days.

Post CM days

After a political hiatus, Bhaskara Rao was elected to the 12th Lok Sabha in 1998 from Khammam Constituency. He filed a defamation litigation on N.T.R: Mahanayakudu movie for showing his character negatively.[1][2]

He remains active in state politics until July 6, 2019 when he joined Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah.[3][4]

External links

  • Biography from 12th Lok Sabha
  • "Democratic Process and Electoral Politics in Andhra Pradesh" by K.C. Suri (2002)
  • Bhaskara Rao regrets 'founding' TDP
  • History of TDP by G. Vasu


  1. ^ Nadendla Bhaskar Rao comments on NTR Mahanayakudu
  2. ^ Still regretting floating Telugu Desam: Nadendla
  3. ^ Former Andhra Pradesh CM Nadendla Bhaskar Rao joins BJP
  4. ^ Former Andhra pradesh CM Bhaskara Rao joins BJP
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