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K. Surendran (politician)

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K. Surendran
K Surendran.jpg K Surendran.jpg
Born (1970-03-10) 10 March 1970 (age 50)
Ulliyeri, Kerala, India
🏡 ResidenceKasaragod
🏳️ NationalityIndian
Other names
💼 Occupation
Politician
💵 Salary :
🏛️ Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
👩 Spouse(s)Sheeba K.
👴 👵 Parent(s)Kunhiraman
Kalyani Amma

K. Surendran (born 10 March 1970) is an Indian politician from the state of Kerala. He is one of the general secretaries of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state.

Early life[edit]

K. Surendran was born to Kunjiraman and Kalyani Amma[1] on 10 March 1970 in Ulliyeri, Kozhikode, Kerala in India.[2]

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry[2] from Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College, Kozhikode.[1] He started his political career through Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. During the earlier years of his political career he held various positions such as Director North Malabar District Co-operative Marketing Society, President, Desa Seva Samskarika Kendram, Founder Director Board member National Yuva co operative Society and Advisory Board member Nehru Yuva Kendra.[2]

A 2016 newspaper report said that K. Surendran, originally from Kozhikode, had moved to Kasaragod many years earlier, and had taken the effort to learn the Tulu and Kannada languages to better communicate with the local people.[3] Later he became one of the state general secretaries for Kerala.[4]

Election attempts[edit]

On 16 April 2009 K. Surendran was a Lok Sabha candidate for Kasaragod in the national elections. After the election he said the leaders of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) should explain how the son of E. P. Jayarajan, the CPI-M member of the legislative assembly, had been injured when handling explosives after polling ended that day.[5] The BJP had its best results in Kasargod to date in this election, with K. Surendran winning 125,482 votes, or 14.81%. However, he said, "We are here not to show the strength, but to win."[6] In the 2011 state elections for the Manjeshwar constituency P. B. Abdul Razak of the Indian Union Muslim League won 37.46% of the votes and K. Surendaran of the BJP came second with 33.8% of the votes. He was ahead of the third place C. H. Kunhambu of the CPI-M with 26.37%.[7] P. B. Abdul Rasaq was elected with a margin of 5,828 votes.[3]

In February 2014 it was reported that senior BJP members in Kerala were opposed to the decision that K. Surendran should again be the BJP's Lok Sabha candidate for the Kasaragod constituency.[8] His candidacy was apparently announced in Kasargod by the former national president Venkaiah Naidu before being reviewed by the election committee, drawing criticism from Shobha Surendran of the national executive and from state president V. Muraleedharan.[9] K. Surendran was placed on the list of candidates prepared by the state election committee at the end of February.[10] He competed in a triangular contest between the BJP, the Communists and the Indian National Congress.[11] The election was won by P. Karunakaran of the CPI-M with 384,964 votes, followed by Thuvacode Siddique of the Indian National Congress with 378,043 votes. K. Surendran came third with 172,826 votes.[12] This was still considered a notable result, a significant gain over the 2009 result, that may have been helped by Narendra Modi having campaigned in the constituency.[13]

As of 2016 Surendran was one of the six general secretaries of the Kerala BJP.[14] In March 2016 it was reported that the BJP would probably make Surendran their candidate for the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in the forthcoming state assembly elections. However, Surendran was said to prefer to run for the Manjeshwar constituency in Kasaragod, where he had done well in the previous state elections.[15][lower-alpha 1] In May 2016 Surendran was defeated by a small margin in an election for the Manjeshwar seat.[17] He lost by 89 votes to P. B. Abdul Razak of the Indian Union Muslim League.[18] It was reported that Surendran had been handicapped by resistance to his mode of operation from older party leaders.[19] In July 2016 Surendran asked the Kerala High Court to cancel the Manjeswaram election due to malpractices.[20]

In the 2019 parliamentary contest in Kerala, Surendran was selected by the Bharatiya Janata Party as their candidate in the Pathanamthitta constituency.[21] The constituency was won by Anto Antony of Indian National Congress. Surendran came third behind INC and CPI(M).[22]

Protests and accusations[edit]

K. Surendran became Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM – Indian People Youth Front) state president.[5] As BJYM state president K. Surendran led a march in October 2009 protesting unemployment and a ban on government hiring. Several people were injured when police forcibly prevented the marchers from entering the Secretariat.[23] In August 2010 K Surendran was among the leaders of a BJP march to the Popular Front of India centre in Manjeri, Malappuram, Kerala. The police stopped the march and arrested the leaders.[24] In April 2013 Surendran spoke out against dropping the investigation by the Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau into the transfer of Kovalam Halcyon Castle and land from India Tourism Development Corporation, speaking of conspiracy and corruption behind the proposal.[25]

During the row over the 2013 Kerala solar panel scam, in July 2013 K Surendran demanded that the telephone call records of Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan be released. He alleged that Radhakrishnan had tipped off Saritha Nair just before she was to be arrested in the Solar fraud case. He also alleged that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was trying to protect former staff members against whom serious allegations had been made.[26] Later in July 2013 the son of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy threatened to sue K. Surendran for an allegation that he was connected to a Solar energy company, calling for Surendran to withdraw the accusation and apologise publicly.[27]

In August 2013 Surendran said the 21-page statement prepared in jail by Saritha S Nair had been cut down to three and a half pages, and asked what had happened to the longer draft.[28] In November 2013 Saritha Nair, the main person accused in the Solar scam, threatened to lodge a complaint against K Surendran and others for allegations of sexual misconduct.[29] In March 2015 Surendran told an investigating commission that K. Harikrishnan, the first to investigate the Solar scam case, had been paid to hide video evidence.[30]

In November 2013 K. Surendran said relatives of Muslim League legislator C. Moyinkutty had been involved in forest encroachment cases, and Moyinkutty had conspired to destroy related documents.[31] In July 2014 K Surendran said the Kerala government had been slow to submit requests for the Centre for projects. He also said that they were taking undue credit for the release of 46 nurses from Iraq.[32]

During Sabarimala protest against women entry, K Srendran and three other devotees taken into preventive custody[33] under Section 151 of the CrPC (Imminent danger to peace or the likelihood of breach of peace) from Nilakkal, when he is trying to enter Sabarimala along with 'Irrumudikettu" (holy bundle of offerings for Lord Ayyappa).[34] Later he charged with IPC 353, a non-bailable offence of preventing a public servant from doing his duty[34] and IPC 34 (acts done by several persons for furtherance of common intention).[35] He was produced before a magistrate and remanded to 14-day judicial custody as he was charged with non-bailable offences.[36] More cases charged against K Surendran including blocking of 52 year old woman entering Sabarimala.[37] Police reopened 15 other previous cases against him and he was given a jail term of 20 days.[38] He was released from jail on 8 December 2018 after getting bail for all the cases charged against him.[39]

Cultural issues[edit]

In November 2014 Surendran dismissed the "Kiss of Love" protest as "a mere transgender protest". He said the media should have paid less attention, since the only aim of the protest was to create social chaos and confusion.[40]

In October 2015 a photograph of K Surendran eating a meal was published on Facebook captioned "Kerala BJP leader eating beef". When the photo went viral, Surendran responded that it was only an onion curry, and said that in an election period he was strictly vegetarian. Later he said he had never eaten beef in his life. He also said it was untrue that beef exports had risen by 15.4% in India during the first year of the BJP government led by Narendra Modi.[41] That month Shobha Surendran, a member of the national executive, said the BJP did not oppose selling or eating beef in Kerala, but did object to beef festivals being organised in educational institutions.[42]

In May 2016 Surendran asked why some members of Pinarayi Vijayan's cabinet were avoiding use of state-provided vehicles that had the number 13, apparently for superstitious reasons.[43]

Positions[edit]

K. Surendran has held the following positions:[citation needed]

  • Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad(ABVP): Unit Secretary, Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College
  • Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad(ABVP): Organizing Secretary, Palakkad Nagar (1991–92)
  • Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM): Waynad District President in 1992, State Secretary (1995–98), State
  • General Secretary from 1999–2003 and State President from 2003–2009
  • BJP State General Secretary from 2009–present
  • under director board member of National Yuva Cooperative Society
  • Director of North Malabar District Co-Operative Marketing Society1997-2002)
  • Advisory Board member, Nehru Yuva Kendra 1999–2004)

References[edit]

  1. In the May 2016 election the BJP also considered fielding Shobha Surendran, another state general secretary, for the Palakkad constituency and her husband K.K. Surendran for the Ponnani constituency.[16]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Surendran, K. "About Me". K Surendran. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Biodata of Mr. K. Surendran (BJP)", Kerala Assembly Election DATABASE, Government of Kerala, retrieved 6 August 2016
  3. 3.0 3.1 Amiya Meethal (20 March 2016), "BJP dreams of victory in Manjeswaram", Deccan Chronicle, retrieved 5 August 2016
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  6. Amiya Meethal (11 March 2014), "Mangalore RSS' conundrum with Kasargod BJP", Deccan Herald, Mangalore, retrieved 6 August 2016
  7. Kerala Assembly Election Results-- 2011: 1. Manjeshwar, Kerala Assembly, retrieved 6 August 2016
  8. "Dissidence in BJP over K Surendran being fielded as poll candidate", Madhyamam Daily, New Delhi, 1 February 2014, retrieved 5 August 2016
  9. N V Ravindranathan Nair (2 February 2014), "Factional Disputes Surface in State BJP", The New Indian Express, retrieved 6 August 2016
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  12. GENERAL ELECTION TO LOK SABHA 2014 : DETAILED RESULT (PDF), Kerala government, retrieved 6 August 2016
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  14. State Office Bearers, Kerala BJP, archived from the original on 20 January 2016, retrieved 5 August 2016 Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. "BJP may field K Surendran in T'puram", The Times of India, 5 March 2016, retrieved 5 August 2016
  16. Cynthia Chandran (14 March 2016), "Kerala Assembly elections: Shobha Surendran and KK Surendran in BJP poll fray", Deccan Chronicle, retrieved 5 August 2016
  17. "BJP celebrates, but pained by Surendran's near miss", Manorama Online, 19 May 2016, archived from the original on 26 July 2016, retrieved 5 August 2016 Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. "BJP loses Manjeswaram with slender 89 votes", The Hindu, 19 May 2016, retrieved 5 August 2016
  19. "Defeat in Manjeshwaram a shock to BJP", The Times of India, 20 May 2016, retrieved 5 August 2016
  20. P Sudhakaran (2 July 2016), "Cancel election to Manjeswaram seat: K Surendran In his petition, Surendran alleges widespread malpractices in the election", Mathrubhumi, retrieved 5 August 2016
  21. M.K, Nidheesh (23 March 2019). "BJP's K Surendran to contest from Kerala's Pathanamthitta". Mint.
  22. "Live Results: Pathanamthitta Lok Sabha Constituency (KERALA)". News18. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  23. "Yuva Morcha march turns violent – KERALA". The Hindu. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  24. "BJP Marches in Kerala, Leaders Taken into Custody", Daily News and Analysis, Manjeri (Malappuram): Diligent Media Corporation, 26 August 2010, retrieved 5 August 2016
  25. "BJP demands reversal of Vigilance move to drop case over transfer of Kovalam land". The Hindu. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  26. "Release Home Minister's call records, says BJP Leader K Surendran", The New Indian Express, 7 July 2013, retrieved 5 August 2016
  27. Press Trust Of India (12 July 2013), "Chandy's son slaps notice on BJP leader", The Indian Express, Thiruvananthapuram, retrieved 5 August 2016
  28. "Solar scam: BJP fires fresh salvo", The Economic Times, 22 August 2013, retrieved 6 August 2016
  29. "Solar scam accused Saritha Nair threatens to lodge complaint against V S Achuthanandan", Daily News and Analysis, Thiruvananthapuram: Diligent Media Corporation, 23 November 2013, retrieved 5 August 2016
  30. "DySP Got Monetary Rewards from Solar Accused, Says Surendran", The New Indian Express, 6 March 2015, retrieved 5 August 2016
  31. Shaju Philip (18 November 2013), "Western Ghats: Jayanthi assurance fails to douse Kerala agitation", The Indian Express, Thiruvananthapuram, retrieved 5 August 2016
  32. "BJP accuses Kerala state government of laxity in getting central projects", Deccan Chronicle, 13 July 2014, retrieved 5 August 2016
  33. "Kochi: Police high-handedness at Sabarimala, K Surendran arrested without reason | Kochi News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  34. 34.0 34.1 "Kerala BJP Leader Taken Into Custody At Sabarimala".
  35. "Kerala BJP Leader Surendran Arrested on Way to Sabarimala Temple, Moved to Sub-Jail for 14 Days". News18.
  36. "Kerala BJP Leader Surendran Arrested on Way to Sabarimala Temple, Moved to Sub-Jail for 14 Days".
  37. "New case charged against K Surendran". Dailyhunt.
  38. Kerala BJP leader K. Surendran gets bail after 20 days
  39. Sabarimala row: BJP general secretary K Surendran released from jail after 21 days
  40. "Kiss of love: Surendran slur on minorities, calls it transgender protest", Deccan Chronicle, 4 November 2014, retrieved 5 August 2016
  41. Sachin Jose (14 October 2015), "Kerala: Photo of K Surendran eating beef goes viral; BJP leader swears it was just onion curry", International Business Times, retrieved 5 August 2016
  42. "Eating beef is okay: Shobha Surendran", The Hindu, 16 October 2015, retrieved 5 August 2016
  43. "Is Pinarayi afraid of number 13?, asks K Surendran", Mathrubhumi, 26 May 2016, retrieved 5 August 2016


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