Nekkanti Bhaskar Rao is the current Rajya Sabha member and Vice President of the Biju Janata Dal party - Odisha. Nekkanti Bhaskar Rao (S/o Nekkanti Natyanarayana Chowdary ) born on 23 July 1953 in Achanta – West Godavari (AP) completed his B.Com degree from Alagappa University of Tamil Nadu in 2008. In 2016, he was the candidate of the Biju Janatadal party for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections. He was elected unopposed with Prasanna Acharya and Bishnu Charan Rao. BhaskaraRao was deputy chairperson of the state's planning board, hails from Jaipur, Rayagada - Odisha and is an industrialist. He owns an agency that deals with trading of agricultural produce. The family runs three companies, including one that deals with power production, collection and distribution of electricity. The family owns a number of farms besides property at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.