Past Governor


Shri Bandaru Dattatraya

Date of Birth

12 Jun 1947

Place of Birth

Hyderabad (Telangana)

Marital Status


Date of Marriage

17 May 1989

Spouse's Name

Smt. Vasantha
Smt B.Vijaya Lakshmi
Late Bandaru Vaishnav


B.Sc. Educated at Osmania University, Hyderabad (Telangana)


Social Worker 

Permanent Address

B-34, F4,Ram Nagar,
Hyderabad, Telangana

Position Held
  • 1968:Started as RSS Pracharak
  • 1974:RSS Vibhag Pracharak
  • 1975:Joint Convenor – Loka Sangharsh Samithi (during Emergency Period)
  • 1976–77:Arrested under MISA during Emergency
  • 1978:Joint Secretary for Cyclone Relief Committee – AP (RSS)
    Taken up Rehabilitation and Housing for Cyclone Victims in Diwiseema AP
  • 1979:Pramukh–Seva Bharathi AP
  • 1980:Joined BJP and posted as Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party (B.J.P.), Andhra Pradesh
  • 1981-89:General-Secretary, B.J.P., Andhra Pradesh
  • 1991:Elected to 10th Lok Sabha,Member, Public Accounts Committee Member, Committee on Welfare of SCs, STs and Minorities
  • 1996-98:President, B.J.P., Andhra Pradesh
  • 1998:Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
  • 1998-99:Union Minister of State, Urban Development
  • 1999:Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term).
  • 1 July 2002- 7 Sept 2003:Union Minister of State, Ministry of Railways
  • 2004-2006:National Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
  • 2006–2009:President, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Andhra Pradesh
  • 2009–2013:National Executive Member, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
  • 2013-2014:National Vice-President, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member, National Manifesto Committee, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
  • May,2014:Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (4th term) Member, Standing Committee on Railways
  • 1 Sep 2014-9 Nov 2014: Chairperson,Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes (OBC)
  • 12 Sep. 2014-9 Nov 2014: Member, Committee on Violation of Protocol Norms and
    Contemptuous Behavior of Government Officers with Members of Lok Sabha
  • 15 Sep 2014-9 Nov 2014: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Labour and Employment
  • 9 Nov 2014: Onwards Member, Standing Committee on Finance
  • 1 Sept 2017:Onwards Member, The Court of University of Hyderabad
  • 5 March 2018: Onwards Chairperson, Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament
  • 11th September,2019: Assumed the office of the Governor of Himachal Pradesh
Social and Cultural Activities

Slum development, especially through house building and supply of potable water; President, Samsakara Bharathi Cultural Organisation, Andhra Pradesh; Founder, Siva Bharathi Slum Development Organisation, 1979; served the victims of cyclones and natural calamities; organised social and cultural activities through voluntary organisations; interested in mythological songs.

Special Interests

Social work

Favourite Pass time and Recreation

Reading Books and listening to music.

Sports and Clubs

Carom, Table Tennis and Cricket.

Other Information

General Secretary, Voluntary Organisations, India; Joint Secretary, A.P. Cyclone Committee(RSS); Member, (i) Tobacco Board, 1991-96; (ii) Coconut Board, 1991-96; (iii) Railway Advisory Committee, 1991-96; and (iv) Telephone Advisory Committee, 1991-96.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 11-September-2019
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