|Minister of State for External Affairs|
|Assumed office |
31 May 2019
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||V. K. Singh|
|Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs|
|Assumed office |
30 May 2019
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||Vijay Goel|
|Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha|
|Assumed office |
3 April 2018
|President of Bharatiya Janata Party, Kerala|
2010 – 2015
|Succeeded by||Kummanam Rajasekharan|
|Born||12 December 1958|
Thalassery, Kannur, Kerala, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
Dr. K. S. Jayasree
|Alma mater||Government Brennen College, Thalassery|
Vellamvelly Muraleedharan (born 12 December 1958) is an Indian politician from Kerala representing the Bharatiya Janata Party and the current Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs. He was the eighth State President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala. He is also a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. He was sworn in as a Union Minister on 30 May 2019. On 12 June 2019, Muraleedharan was appointed Government Deputy Chief Whip in the Rajya Sabha.
Early life and politics
Muraleedharan was born to Vannathanveetil Gopalan and Nampally Vellamvelly Devaki on 12 December 1958 at Eranholi, Thalassery in Kannur District. He was educated at Kodakkalam UP School and thereafter at St Joseph's Higher Secondary School, Thalassery. He is a graduate in English literature from Government Brennen College, Thalassery. He was closely associated with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) right from his school days.
He began his political activities during the days of National Emergency that gripped India from June 1975 to March 1977. In 1978 as the Taluk President, he led ABVP in Thalassery. He became the Kannur District Secretary in 1979 and the State Joint Secretary of ABVP in 1980.
Muraleedharan shifted his activities to the RSS at Kozhikode and became a full-time worker of ABVP. He quit his job later and was elected as the State Organizing Secretary of ABVP in 1983 at the age of 25. From 1987 to 1990, he also held the additional responsibility as All India Secretary of ABVP During his 11 years tenure (1983–1994) as the State Organising Secretary, he worked closely with K.N. Govindacharya and Dattatraya Hosabale, who were then the successive South Zone Organising Secretaries of the ABVP. The ABVP team during 1983–1994 at the state and national level had leaders including Ananth Kumar (Karnataka), Sushil Modi (Bihar), Jagat Prakash Nadda, (Himachal Pradesh), Muraleedhara Rao (Rajasthan), Harendra Kumar (Former All India General Secretary), Om Prakash Kohli (All India President), Professor Late Bal Apte, (All India President), Vinod Tawde and Chandrakant Patil (All India General Secretaries).
In 1998, Muraleedharan married Dr. K. S. Jayasree, who is currently a Sanskrit lecturer at Sree Narayana College, Nattika. They live at Eranhipalam, Kozhikode. The couple doesn't have any children.
Leadership of BJP
Muraleedharan's formal entry into the fore of the BJP took place during the 1998 Lok Sabha elections. He was deputed to assist Venkaiah Naidu at the BJP Central Election Control Room at New Delhi.
In 2004, Muraleedharan was appointed as the National convener of NGO cell of BJP. Thereafter in 2005, he was made the All India convener of BJP training cell.
During his tenure as the BJP Kerala Vice president (2006–2010), his major assignments were to provide ideological orientation to the party workers in Kerala as part of training cell activities and impart and oversee training to the local body members of the BJP. He contested for Loksabha election from Kozhikode Parliamentary Constituency in 2009.
The Kerala BJP had a vote share of 10.8 percent in the 2014 Lok Sabha Election whereas it recorded 6.4 percent in 2009. The total votes BJP got in the local body elections was nearly 28 Lakhs. The 2014–2015 membership drive has expanded the party membership base from 5.75 lakhs to 20 lakhs.
- 1981–1983: Regional Organizing Secretary, ABVP, Kozhikode.
- 1983–1994: State Organizing Secretary, ABVP.
- 1987–1990: All India Secretary, ABVP.
- 1994–1996: All India General Secretary, ABVP.
- 1999–2002: Vice Chairman of Nehru Yuva Kendra.
- 2002–2004: Director General, Nehru Yuva Kendra.
- Convener, Youth Employment Generation Task Force (Khadi and Village Industry Commission).
- Founder president and currently a director board member of National Yuva Cooperative Society.
- 2004: National convener of NGO cell of BJP.
- 2005: Convener, All India BJP Training Cell.
- 2006–2010: Vice President, Kerala BJP.
- 2010–2015: President, Kerala BJP.
- 2018 April: Elected as the Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from Maharashtra. He is the 4th ever Kerala BJP leader elected to Rajyasabha (after O Rajagopal, Alphonse Kannamthanam, Suresh Gopi).
- 2018 August: In charge of Andhra Pradesh, BJP
- Member of the standing committee of the parliament on External Affairs
- Member of Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Railways
- Member of the Court of Indian Maritime University, Chennai
- In May 2019, Muraleedharan became Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs.
- On 12 June 2019, he was appointed as the Govt. Deputy Chief Whip of Rajyasabha.
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