Biswabhusan Harichandan
Harichandan in 2019
7th Governor of Chhattisgarh
Assumed office
23 February 2023 [1]
Chief MinisterBhupesh Baghel
Vishnu Deo Sai
Preceded byAnusuiya Uikey
23rd Governor of Andhra Pradesh
In office
24 July 2019 – 22 February 2023
Chief MinisterY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
Preceded byE. S. L. Narasimhan
Succeeded bySyed Abdul Nazeer
Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly
In office
ConstituencyBhubaneswar Central
In office
In office
Personal details
Born (1934-08-03) 3 August 1934 (age 89)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
ResidenceRaj Bhavan, Raipur
  • Politician
  • lawyer
  • writer
PortfolioMinistry of Law, Revenue and Fisheries, Government of Odisha
AwardsKalinga Ratna Award, 2021

Biswabhusan Harichandan (born 3 August 1934)[2] is an Indian politician serving as the 8th and current Governor of Chhattisgarh. He was former Governor of Andhra Pradesh from 2019 to early 2023.

From 2004 to 2009, he was Minister of Law, Revenue and Fisheries, Government of Odisha.

Life and career

Harichandan joined Bharatiya Jana Sangha in 1971 and became its National Executive Member and its State General Secretary until the formation of Janata Party in 1977.[3] During the era of emergency he was detained under the MISA Act. After the formation of BJP in 1980, he was appointed the President of the state until 1988 before he joined hands with Janata Dal. He went back to BJP in 1996.

Harichandan was elected to the Odisha State Legislative Assembly five times. Beginning from 1977 assembly elections from Chilika assembly as a member of BJP,[4] he came back to power in 1990 with a Janata Dal ticket.[5] Harichandan was elected for the third time, this time from Bhubaneswar Central 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, where he was the Minister of Law, Revenue and Fisheries.[6]

In July 2019, he was appointed the 23rd Governor of Andhra Pradesh.[7][8]

Harichandan was sworn in as the 7th Governor of Chhattisgarh on 23 February 2023.[9]

Personal life

On 17 November 2021, Harichandan was diagnosed with COVID-19.[10]


Harichandan was awarded the Kalinga Ratna Award in 2021.[11]


Harichandan has authored several books some of which include Marubataas, Mahasangramar Mahanayak, Buxi Jagabandhu, Paika Mutiny and his autobiography Sangarsha Sarinahin.[12][13]


  1. ^ "Harichandan to swear-in on February 23", Lalluram English, 19 February 2023
  2. ^ "BJP veteran Harichandan named Andhra governor". Times of India. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Veteran BJP leader Biswa Bhusan Harichandan appointed as Governor of Andhra Pradesh". The News Minute. 16 July 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Orissa Assembly Election Results in 1977". Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Orissa Assembly Election Results in 1990". Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  6. ^ "COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF ODISHA (1937–2020)" (PDF). Retrieved 24 May 2023.
  7. ^ Pandey, Ashish (24 July 2019). "Biswabhusan Harichandan sworn-in as first full-time Governor of Andhra Pradesh". India Today. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  8. ^ PTI (24 July 2019). "Biswabhusan Harichandan takes oath as new Andhra Pradesh Governor". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Biswa Bhusan Harichandan sworn in as Chhattisgarh governor". The Hindu. PTI. 23 February 2023. Retrieved 24 May 2023.
  10. ^ Apparasu, Srinivasa Rao (17 November 2021). "Andhra Pradesh governor Harichandan diagnosed with Covid-19, rushed to hospital". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  11. ^ Staff Reporter (2 April 2021). "Kalinga Ratna award presented to Governor". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  12. ^ PTI (24 July 2019). "Biswabhusan Harichandan Takes Oath As Andhra Pradesh Governor". Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Senior BJP leader Biswa Bhusan Harichandan appointed Andhra Pradesh Governor". The New Indian Express. 16 July 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
Political offices Preceded byE. S. L. Narasimhan Governor of Andhra Pradesh 24 July 2019 – Present Succeeded bySyed Abdul Nazeer