CHENNAI: Tamilisai Soundararajan, State BJP president, is all set to get one more term of three years. A formal announcement is likely to be made by party president Amit Shah within a few days since the organisational elections in Tamil Nadu are yet to be completed.
Tamilisai took over as State BJP chief on August 16, 2014 after Pon Radhakrishnan, her predecessor, had to give up after being made Union Minister. She is the first woman president of the State unit.
“Though names of many other leaders were doing the rounds, the leadership chose to re-appoint her because of her untiring work in all capacities particularly during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Besides, she took keen interest in enrolling more than 45 lakh new members as per the directive of Amit Shah,” party sources said.
However, the obvious reason is that the BJP high command is not inclined to change the head of the State unit when Assembly elections are round the corner. Further, Tamilisai, all along her political career, has not caught into any controversies and has been expressing her views in a bold manner but without getting into trouble.
Daughter of former TNCC president Kumari Ananthan, she had in the past, held many posts which included State general secretary (medical wing), South Chennai district medical wing secretary, zonal in charge (three districts), all India convenor (medical wing), State general secretary, vice-president and national secretary.
Party sources said BJP high command and many other party honchos are likely to take part in the wedding of Tamilisai’s son, scheduled for February 17.
No deal with bjp, says anbumani
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