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Daggubati Purandeswari
General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office
26 September 2020
PresidentJ. P. Nadda
Preceded byD. Ramanaidu
Ministry of Textiles (India)
In office
1 November 2012 – 16 May 2014
Minister of State Commerce and Industry
In office
28 October 2012 – 1 November 2012
Minister of State for Human Resource Development
In office
29 January 2006 – 28 October 2012
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
29 January 2006 – 28 October 2012
Personal details
Nandamuri Purandeswari

(1959-04-22) 22 April 1959 (age 64)
Madras, Madras State, (present-day Chennai, Tamil Nadu) India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
Indian National Congress (before March 2014)
(m. 1979)
RelationsSee Nandamuri–Nara family
ParentN. T. Rama Rao (father)
EducationB.A. (Literature) and Graduate in Gemology
Alma materSouth Indian Educational Trust Women College (Chennai)
Gemmological Institute of India Profession Political & Social Worker
As of 17 May, 2009
Source: [1]

Daggubati Purandeswari (born 22 April 1959) is an Indian politician from the state of Andhra Pradesh and the State President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Andhra Pradesh since 2023. She had served as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2009 and MoS in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 2012.

She represented the Visakhapatnam constituency of Andhra Pradesh as a Member of Parliament of Indian National Congress in the 15th Lok Sabha of India. She had previously represented the Bapatla constituency in the 14th Lok Sabha from the Indian National Congress.[1] She joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on 7 March 2014 after resigning from the Indian National Congress as a mark of protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh that was favoured by the then United Progressive Alliance government.[2]

In 2014, she fought the Lok Sabha election on a BJP ticket from Rajampet and lost. Purandareswari was appointed BJP Mahila Morcha Prabhari.[3][4] She continues as the appointed state in-charge of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Odisha unit since 13 November 2020.[5][unreliable source?] On July 4, 2023, the central leadership of the BJP appointed her as the President of the Andhra Pradesh BJP.[6]

Her eloquence, articulation and impassioned speeches have earned her the title of the "Sushma Swaraj of the South".[7]

As a Member of Parliament

Purandeswari participated in debate on various bills such as 'Domestic Violence Bill, Hindu Succession Amendment Bill, and the bill on the establishment of special courts exclusively for trying cases of women to name a few' and made meaningful contributions. In appreciation of her performance in Parliament, the Asian Age adjudged her as the best Parliamentarian for 2004–05.

Life and education

Born to N. T. Rama Rao and Basavatarakam, she did her schooling from Sacred Heart Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Church Park, Chennai. She is their second daughter and has 7 brothers and 3 sisters. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the South Indian Educational Trust and Women College (Chennai) (renamed as the Bashir Ahmed Sayeed College for Women) in literature in 1979, followed by a Diploma in gemmology at the Gemmological Institute of India in 1996.[8] Later she established Hyderabad Institute of Gem and Jewellery in 1997. She can read, write and speak five languages, English, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and French. She is versatile in the Indian dance form Kuchipudi.[9] She married Daggubati Venkateswara Rao on 9 May 1979 and they have a daughter, Nivedita and son, Hitesh Chenchuram.[10] She is a sister to Nandamuri Harikrishna and Nandamuri Balakrishna, sister-in-law to N. Chandrababu Naidu, niece to N. Trivikrama Rao, aunt to Nara Lokesh and Nandamuri Kalyan Ram, N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Nandamuri Suhasini and Taraka Ratna.


  1. ^ New railway zone now a political decision, says Purandeswari. Retrieved from The Hindu 12/25/2013. (article dated "Updated: December 25, 2013 13:32 IST")
  2. ^ "NTR's daughter D Purandareswari joins BJP". NDTV. 7 March 2014.
  3. ^ "BJP creates OBC morcha ahead of Bihar election".
  4. ^ "With an eye on Bihar, UP polls, BJP forms OBC Morcha to boost electoral fortunes". 4 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Former Union Minister Purandeswari appointed Odisha BJP in-charge".
  6. ^ "Daggubati Purandeswari appointed as new BJP Andhra Pradesh unit president". The Hindu. 4 July 2023. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  7. ^ "Southern Sushma Swaraj Sets the Pace".
  8. ^ ‘Hinduism to me is a way of life’ Indian Express- 11 January 2009
  9. ^ "Dr. Daggubati Purandeswari". Archived from the original on 17 June 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  10. ^ "NTR's grandson Hitesh Chenchuram joins YSR Congress". Business Standard India. 27 February 2019.