Basavayya Rachaiah was an Indian politician. He was a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Chamarajanagar Karnataka in 1977. He was the governor of Kerala. and Himachal Pradesh. He was a Dalit leader, who was a member of the Karnataka state cabinets headed by S. Nijalingappa, B. D. Jatti, Devraj Urs, Veerendra Patil, Ramakrishna Hegde and S. R. Bommai.