Bangaru Laxman is an Indian politician.He was the President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but resigned soon after Tehelka corruption case in 2001. He was the first Dalit President of BJP.

Bangaru was born on March 17, 1939 in a Madiga Dalit family in Andhra Pradesh. His father was Late Shri B. Narsimha and mother was Late Shrimati B. Shivamma.He is an B.A. and LL.B. He was Educated at Government High School, Nampally,Hyderabad, Evening College and Law College, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Bangaru Laxman joined politics at a young age.He joined R.S.S. in 1953 at the age of 12 years and held several responsibilities in the organisation.He joined state Electricity Department in 1958. He joined Jana Sangh in 1969. He was actively associated with working class movement and headed several Trade Unions.
He was jailed during emergency in 1975. He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1996. He has held many party positions including the party president.He was a minister of state for railways in Government of India from 1999 to 2000. His wife Susheela Laxman Bangaru was a member of 14th Lok Sabha. She was elected from Jalore constituency in Rajasthan as a candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party.He has 1 son and 3 daughters.

Tehelka Bribe Case

He was involved in a major controversy when a private TV network allegedly showed him taking bribes on a hidden camera while he was the president of the BJP. He was forced to resign as the party president by BJP and a criminal case was registered against him which has entered prosecution stage. In Sept 2011, Laxman’s private secretary at the time of the sting operation, T Satyamurthy, turned approver and told a special CBI court that his former boss had “confirmed” having received Rs. 1 lakh from a Tehelka reporter.He was convicted by a Special CBI Court on 27 April 2012 for taking bribe under Prevention of Corruption Act and was taken into custody.

Practically dumped by the BJP ever since, the former party president is a member of the party’s national executive, making a low-key appearances at its meetings. He spends most of his time in Hyderabad, and visits New Delhi occasionally.