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Daggubati Purandeswari

Daggubati Purandeswari

Daggubati Purandeswari is a politician affiliated with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and is currently in charge of the President of the Andhra Pradesh BJP state unit. She has also served as minister in the Central Government in the past. She comes from a massive, influential family. Her family members and siblings dominate the politics of Andhra Pradesh and the film Industry. Her family wields a large amount of clout in the Andhra Pradesh politics.

Personal Information

She is the daughter of former Chief Minister Andhra Pradesh Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (N.T. Rama Rao). N.T. Rama Rao had 12 children, which involved 4 daughters and 8 sons. The name of the children is Kantamaneni Umamaheshwari (Daughter), Nara Bhuvaneshwari (daughter), Daggubati Purandeshwari (daughter), Garapati Lokeshwari (Daughter), Jayashankarakrishna, Ramakrishna Jr., Balakrishna, Mohanakrishna, Harikrishna, Saikrishna, Jayakrishna, Ramakrishna Sr., Daggubati is the second child of NT Rama Rao among 12 siblings.

Daggubati has completed her education at Sacred Heart Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai. She has finished her graduation from Bashir Ahmed Sayeed College for Women, Chennai (formerly Indian Educational Trust and Women College). She holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Literature). She also has another degree at his disposal, such as a Diploma in Gemmology from the Gemmological Institute of India. She is well-versed in 5 major languages: French, Tamil, Telugu, English, and Hindi. She also formed an educational institution in 1997 called Hyderabad Institute of Gem and Jewellery. Daggubati is also a talented, versatile, and excellent Kuchipudi Dancer. Kuchipudi is an Indian Classical Dance form admired all over India.

Daggubati Purandeswari

Their siblings are active in multiple fields, such as politics, cinema, etc. For example, his brother Nandamuri Harikrishna was a renowned actor and powerful leader in Andhra Pradesh. N.T. Rama Rao JR is a mega star in the Indian Cinema.

Daggubati is married to the Daggubati Venkateswara Rao. Daggubati Venkateshwara Rao had been a member of the Indian National Congress. Her husband had also been a parliamentarian and served as Health Minister.

Brief Details

  • Name: Daggubati Purandeswari
  • Present Affiliated Party: Bhartiya Janta Party
  • Former Affiliations to Political Party: Indian National Congress
  • Father name: N.T. Rama Rao
  • Husband Name: Daggubati Venkateswara Rao

Educational Qualification and Other Skills

  • Schooling: Sacred Heart Matriculation Higher Secondary School
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Gemmology
  • College: Bashir Ahmed Sayeed College for Women, Gemological Institute of India
  • Other Skills or Vocations: Kuchipudi Dancer, Orator and Linguist

Political Position

Daggubati Purandeswari

She has been a minister in the Central Government multiple times and as a Member of Parliament on the Indian National Congress ticket. She has also fought the Lok Sabha election on the Bhartiya Janta Party symbol; however, she could not win the election in 2014.

Position Incumbent Assumed Office Departed Office President
General Secretary of the Bhartiya Janata Party - 26 September 2020 - J. P. Nadda
Minister of Textiles - 1 November 2012 16 May 2014 -
Minister of State Commerce and Industry - 28 October 2012 1 November 2012 -
Minister of State for H.R. Development - 29 January 2006 28 October 2012 -
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha - 29 January 2006 28 October 2012 -

Family History

Daggubati Purandeswari
  • Her father has often been referred to as NTR. He was the dynamic politician of Andhra Pradesh, an excellent Indian Actor, and an amazing filmmaker. He had held the office of Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for 7 years. He has featured in more than 300 films, particularly in Telugu cinema. He was the founding member of the Telugu Desam Party.
  • Nandamuri Harikrishna (Son of NTR) has also served as a Rajya Sabha Member and a cabinet minister in the State. Nandamuri Suhasini (daughter of Harikrishna) serves as the Telugu Desam Party's Vice President.
  • Nanduri Balakrishna, one of his sons, is a well-established star and seasoned politician in Andhra Pradesh. He is an Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly member from the Hindupuram seat.
  • N Chandrababu Naidu (Son-in-Law of NTR): He has held the office of Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He is the present President of the Telugu Desam Party.
  • Nara Lokesh: He is son in law of N Chandrababu Naidu. He has held the position of Cabinet Minister in the Andhra Pradesh Government and was a Member of the Legislative Council. He is the General Secretary of TDP.
  • Nara Ramamurthy Naidu: He has been a former Member of the Legislative Assembly from Chandragiri Seat. He is the brother of the Chandrababu.

Family Members of Daggubati Purandeswari Associated in the Film Industry

  • Nandamuri Harikrishna: He plunged into acting as a child artist in 1964 in Sri Krishnavataram. He is married to Lakshmi Kumari, and they are blessed with two sons and one daughter, namely Janaki Ram and Kalyan Ram (sons) and Nandamuri Suhasini (daughter). He is also married to Nandamuri Shalini, and she is his second wife. He was blessed with a son whose name is N.T. Rama Rao Jr. Some of his films were Dana Veera Shura Karna (1977), Ram Raheem (1974), Tatamma Kala (1974), and Thalla. Pellama? (1970)
  • Nandamuri Balakrishna: He has featured approximately in more than 100 Telugu movies within more than 40 years. He performs diverse roles in his films and has established himself as a superstar. His films have witnessed amazing commercial success since the 1980s, and some of the movies are Legend" (2014), "Simha" (2010), "Narasimha Naidu" (2001), "Samarasimha Reddy" (1999), "Bhairava Dweepam" (1994), "Rowdy Inspector" (1992), "Nari Nari Naduma Murari" (1990), "Lorry Driver" (1990), "Muvva Gopaludu" (1987), "Apoorva Sahodarulu" (1986), "Mangammagari Manavadu" (1984), "Sahasame Jeevitham" (1984). He has acted in biographical films that involve his father, and some of the films are NTR: Mahanayakudu (2019) and NTR: Kathanayakudu (2019). His spouse's name is Vasundhra Devi, and he has been blessed with 3 children.
  • Nandamuri Mohan Krishna: He is an acclaimed cinematographer and producer in Telugu Cinema.

Political Career of Daggubati Purandeswari

Daggubati Purandeswari had represented the Visakhapatnam Seat as a Member of Parliament on the Indian National Congress ticket. She has also represented other constituencies, such as Bapatla in the House of the People (Lok Sabha) in the 14th Lok Sabha. She quit the Indian National Congress as she was vehemently against the division of undivided Andhra Pradesh. Earlier, the United Progressive Alliance endorsed the proposal to bifurcate the State, and Telangana was the new State that was carved out.

After she resigned from Congress, she became a member of the Bhartiya Janta Party and fought the 2014 Lok Sabha Election. BJP has put up from Rajampet Seat, and she lost. Later, she was given an organizational role in the BJP. BJP made Mahila Morcha Prabhari. She continues to share a warm relationship with the central leadership. BJP appointed him the State President of the Andhra Pradesh BJP State Unit. Her supporters fondly call her the Sushsma Swaraj of the south for her charismatic oratory skills and sharp articulation.

Role as Member of Parliament

She was very active as a Parliamentarian and participated in many debates. She was involved in several discussions in the parliament on topics such as the Hindu Succession Amendment Bill and the Domestic Violence Bill. It shows that from time to time, she had been raising matters related to women's safety, empowerment, and other issues related to women.


Daggubati Purandeswari is an astute politician, charismatic orator, and former parliamentarian. She comes from a very influential family and has won Lok Sabha seats several times. She had also occupied a ministerial position in the Central Government. She had associated herself with the Indian National Congress for a long due to her political stand on the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh; she quit the party and joined the Bhartiya Janta Party.

Bhartiya Janta Party is the current ruling party, and the party presented its candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha Election. However, political winds were blowing in some other direction in Andhra Pradesh because her political party swept the 2014 Lok Sabha Election.

BJP has no solid hold in the Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh is presently dominated by mainly two parties, namely the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSRCP. Indian National Congress had a solid presence in the Andhra Pradesh. But their grip from the Andhra Pradesh politics has declined after the bifurcation. So, the BJP hopes to make its inroads in the Andhra Pradesh political. BJP has made Daggubati Andhra Pradesh BJP State President. She has been mandated to make BJP a formidable political force in Andhra Pradesh who could take on the regional satraps.

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