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Who is BJP Tamil Nadu chief L Murugan, newly inducted into Union Cabinet

In March 2020, L Murugan was appointed as Tamil Nadu BJP’s president as the seat fell vacant in September 2019 with the appointment of Tamilisai Soundarajan as Telegana State Governor.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 8, 2021 10:47:06 am
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Tamil Nadu BJP president L Murugan was Wednesday evening inducted into the Union Council of Ministers. Born in 1977 in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu, Murugan practised law for over 15 years, also serving as the Standing Counsel to the Government of India at Madras High Court. Murugan was later appointed vice-chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.

A native of the Kongu region in Tamil Nadu, Murugan completed his undergraduate degree in law from Dr Ambedkar Law College in Chennai, and master’s degree from the University of Madras. He has also been a member of the ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad).

Murugan unsuccessfully contested the 2011 state elections from Rasipuram (Reserved) constituency in Salem. He garnered more than 1,700 votes and secured the third position. In March 2020, Murugan was appointed as Tamil Nadu BJP’s president as the seat fell vacant in September 2019 with the appointment of Tamilisai Soundarajan as Telegana State Governor.

At the organisational level, Murugan rose to the top by strengthening the party. He roped in senior leaders from other parties, organised events such as the ‘Vel Yatra’, which gave wide visibility to the party ahead of the assembly polls. In the recently concluded Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Murugan lost to DMK’S N Kayalvizhi Selvaraj in the Dharapuram constituency by a margin of 812 votes but, for the first time in two decades, four BJP members were elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative assembly.

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