Biswabhusan Harichandan

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Biswabhusan Harichandan
The Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Biswabhusan Harichandan.jpg
23rd Governor of Andhra Pradesh
Assumed office
24 July 2019
Chief MinisterY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
Preceded byE. S. L. Narasimhan
Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly
In office
ConstituencyBhubaneswar Central (Madhya)
Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly
In office
Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born (1934-08-03) 3 August 1934 (age 86)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
  • Politician
  • lawyer
  • writer
PortfolioMinistry of Law, Revenue and Fisheries, Government of Odisha

Biswabhusan Harichandan (born 3 August 1934)[1] is an Indian politician serving as the 23rd and current Governor of Andhra Pradesh.

Life and career[edit]

Harichandan joined Bharatiya Jana Sangha in 1971 and become its National Executive Member and its State General Secretary till the formation of Janata Party in 1977.[2] During the era of emergency he was detained under the MISA Act. After the formation of BJP in 1980, he was appointed as the President for the state till 1988 before he joined hands with Janata Dal. He went back to BJP in 1996.

He was elected to the Odisha State Legislative Assembly five times. Beginning from 1977 assembly elections from Chilika assembly as a member of BJP,[3] he came back to power in 1990 with a Janata Dal ticket.[4] Harichandan was elected for the third time, this time from Bhubaneswar Central (Madhya) seat in the by-poll elections of 1997, and continued to be a member from the same constituency three times in a row. He was also a cabinet minister in the BJD-BJP led coalition government in 2004.

In July 2019, he was appointed as the 23rd Governor of Andhra Pradesh.[5][6]


Harichandan has authored several books some of which include Marubataas, Mahasangramar Mahanayak, Buxi Jagabandhu, Paika Mutiny and his autobiography Sangarsha Sarinahin.[7][8]


  1. ^ "BJP veteran Harichandan named Andhra governor". Times of India. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Veteran BJP leader Biswa Bhusan Harichandan appointed as Governor of Andhra Pradesh". The News Minute. 16 July 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Orissa Assembly Election Results in 1977". Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Orissa Assembly Election Results in 1990". Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  5. ^ Pandey, Ashish (24 July 2019). "Biswabhusan Harichandan sworn-in as first full-time Governor of Andhra Pradesh". India Today. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  6. ^ PTI (24 July 2019). "Biswabhusan Harichandan takes oath as new Andhra Pradesh Governor". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  7. ^ PTI (24 July 2019). "Biswabhusan Harichandan Takes Oath As Andhra Pradesh Governor". Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Senior BJP leader Biswa Bhusan Harichandan appointed Andhra Pradesh Governor". The New Indian Express. 16 July 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
E. S. L. Narasimhan
Governor of Andhra Pradesh
24 July 2019 – Present