Can new State prez Murugan help revive BJP’s fortunes in TN?

Vice-Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) L Murugan has been appointed as BJP state president in Tamil Nadu.

After over seven months, the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP has finally got its president. On Wednesday, the party high command appointed Murugan as the new state president.

In a statement, BJP national president J P Nadda said that Murugan’s appointment will come into effect immediately. It was in September 2019, the then president, Tamilisai Soundararajan, was elevated as the Governor of Telegana. Since then, the president post had been lying vacant.

“I will strive to take the party to new heights in Tamil Nadu by working in tandem with senior leaders who have worked for the party for the past few years and decades,” Murugan said after his appointment.

Murugan replaces Tamilisai Soundararajan, who was appointed as Telangana Governor on September 1, 2019. Murugan is the second Dalit President of the Tamil Nadu BJP after S P Kirubanidhi who headed the state unit from 2001 to 2003.

43-year-old Murugan has over 15 years of experience as an advocate and has been the Standing Counsel to the Government of India at Madras High Court since BJP came to power. It is said he is known for his hardworking skills.

Murugan was in the news recently for calling the murder of BJP functionary Vijay Raghu in Tiruchi as a fallout of him opposing ‘love jihad’, though the police had said there was no evidence to suggest a religious motive.