K Surendran takes over as Kerala BJP chief; 50-yr-old firebrand says state party has strength to make 'political leap'

K Surendran, who arrived in the state capital in the morning, was given a rousing welcome by the party workers, before being taken to the headquarters in a road show.

Press Trust of India February 22, 2020 19:09:58 IST
K Surendran takes over as Kerala BJP chief; 50-yr-old firebrand says state party has strength to make 'political leap'
  • Firebrand leader K Surendran, who came into limelight after the BJP and right wing outfits-led Sabarimala temple protests against entry of young women into the shrine, on Saturday took over as the chief of BJP's Kerala unit

  • He assumed charge as the state president at the saffron party's headquarters, Mararji Bhavan in the presence of hundreds of workers and senior leaders including Union minister V Muraleedharan and BJP national secretary H Raja

  • The party's topmost post in the southern state was lying vacant after his predecessor Sreedharan Pillai was appointed Mizoram Governor in October 2019

Thiruvananthapuram: Firebrand leader K Surendran, who came into limelight after the BJP and right wing outfits-led Sabarimala temple protests against entry of young women into the shrine, on Saturday took over as the chief of BJP's Kerala unit. He assumed charge as the state president at the saffron party's headquarters, Mararji Bhavan in the presence of hundreds of workers and senior leaders including Union minister V Muraleedharan and BJP national secretary H Raja.

K Surendran takes over as Kerala BJP chief 50yrold firebrand says state party has strength to make political leap

File image of K Surendran. Facebook

Last week, BJP president JP Nadda had appointed Surendran as the party's Kerala unit chief. With this appointment, the party's state unit is getting a president after a gap of over three months. The party's topmost post was lying vacant in the southern state after his predecessor Sreedharan Pillai was appointed Mizoram Governor in October 2019.

Surendran, who arrived in the state capital in the morning, was given a rousing welcome by the party workers, before being taken to the headquarters in a road show. Addressing the workers after assuming charge, the 50-year-old leader said the BJP has the strength to make a political leap in the southern state and it would be the voice of people in the event of the Congress-led UDF Opposition being inactive.

Surendran's appointment comes at a time when Kerala is gearing up for the local body election this year and the Assembly polls in 2021. The face of BJP's fierce agitation against entry of young women in Sabarimala, Surendran had been a front-runner for the presidentship since the beginning. A close confidant of V Muraleedharan, the young leader has a tough task ahead of him to gain seats and increase the party vote share in the impending polls.

Hailing from Ulleyeri in Kozhikode, Kunnummel Surendran had contested unsuccessfully from Pathnamthitta in the Lok Sabha polls held last year. Six months later, he was fielded from Konni in the Assembly bypoll, which also he lost. He was defeated in the 2016 Assembly polls by a meagre 89 votes from the Manjeswaram constituency.

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