Nadendla Bhaskara Rao
|Nadendla Bhaskara Rao|
|11th Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh|
|Preceded by||N.T. Rama Rao|
|Succeeded by||N.T. Rama Rao|
23 June 1935 |
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
Nadendla Bhaskara Rao (born 23 June 1935 in Guntur) was the chief minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh for a brief period in 1984. He holds the dubious distinction of serving the shortest term as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh – 31 days. His son Nadendla Manohar is currently MLA for Tenali Constituency who is also Speaker of 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.
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 a heart surgery. 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.
vel, 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 state-wide 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.