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B. Satya Narayan Reddy (21 August 1927 – 6 October 2012) was a freedom fighter, Socialist politician and a former Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.[1][2][3]

B. Satya Narayan Reddy
Governor of Odisha
In office
1 June 1993 – 17 June 1995
Preceded bySaiyid Nurul Hasan
Succeeded byGopala Ramanujam
Governor of West Bengal
(Additional charge)
In office
13 July 1993 – 14 August 1993
Preceded bySaiyid Nurul Hasan
Succeeded byK. V. Raghunatha Reddy
Personal details
Born(1927-08-21)21 August 1927
Annaram Shadnagar, Mahboobnagar, Andhra Pradesh
Died6 October 2012(2012-10-06) (aged 85)
Hyderabad, India

Reddy died at the age of 85 on 6 October 2012 in Hyderabad.[4][5]

Early lifeEdit

Reddy belonged to an agricultural family from annaram village Shadnagar in the Mehboobnagar district of Andhra Pradesh. He was educated at the Nizam College in Hyderabad and graduated in law from the Osmania University.[6]

Freedom FighterEdit

Reddy, then only 14, participated in the Quit India Movement in 1942 and was arrested for taking out a students' procession protesting Gandhi's arrest. He later participated in the Hyderabad Peoples' Movement in 1947 where he organised a satyagraha movement against the Nizam's Rule for which he was arrested and imprisoned at the Chanchalguda Jail for 6 months. During his time in prison he edited the Payam-e-Nav, a weekly he circulated among his prison mates.[6]

Political careerEdit

Inspired by Acharya Narendra Dev, Jaiprakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia, Reddy became a part of the Socialist Movement. He was a participant in Vinobha Bhave's Bhoodan Movement. Staying out the Congress fold, he was variously associated with the Socialist Party, the Janata Party and the Lok Dal. As a nominee of the Janata Party he was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1978. In 1983 he joined the Telugu Desam Party and was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha as its nominee in 1984.[4][6]

Gubernatorial TenuresEdit

Reddy served as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh from 12 February 1990 to 25 May 1993 and as the Governor of Odisha from 1 June 1993 to 17 June 1995.[7] He also held additional charge of the Governor of West Bengal between 13 July 1993 and 14 August 1993. He was the Governor of Uttar Pradesh when the Babri Masjid was demolished.


  1. ^ "All India Freedom Fighters' Organisation". Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "SHRI. B. SATYA NARAYAN REDDY". Rajbhavan Lucknow. Archived from the original on 21 May 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Former U.P. Governor Satyanarayana Reddy passes away". The Hindu. 6 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Ex-UP Governor Satyanarayana Reddy passes away". Deccan Herald. 6 October 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "SHRI. B. SATYA NARAYAN REDDY". Archived from the original on 21 May 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Brief History of Odisha Legislative Assembly Since 1937". 2011. Archived from the original on 9 January 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2012. NAME OF THE GOVERNORS OF Odisha Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)