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 82)
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Political party Indian National Congress

Nadendla Bhaskara Rao (born 23 June 1936 in Guntur) 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. He joined N. T. Rama Rao in 1983 and aided in the efforts of creating Telugu Desam Party.

After NTR swept the assembly elections in 1983, Bhaskara Rao joined his ministry as Finance minister.

Short-lived CM

After one and 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 angio gram. 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 supporters. 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. To date, he remains active in state politics.

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
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