B. L. Santhosh
|National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Assumed office |
15 July 2019
|Preceded by||Ram Lal|
|National Joint General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party|
|State General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Born||17 September 1967|
Hiriadka, Udupi district, Mysuru State, (present-day Karanataka) India
|Political party||Bhartiya Janata Party|
|Education||Bachelors of Engineering|
Bommarabettu Laxmijanardhana Santhosh is an Indian politician currently National General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party from 15 July 2019.
Santhosh worked as BJP's General Secretary (Organisation) for eight years in the Karnataka state unit and was appointed national joint general secretary in-charge of southern states in 2014 by Amit Shah.
Santhosh hails from Udupi in Karnataka. He studied Instrumentation Technology in BDT College of Engineering in Davanagere, Karnataka.
Santosh started as a RSS Pracharak (full-time worker) in 1993. He had stints in Mysuru, Shivamogga and later in Bangalore. He returned to Shivamogga in the early 2000s. In 2006 he moved to BJP as the General Secretary (Organization) for Karnataka. He remained in the post till 2014. This also saw the BJP in power between 2008 and 2013.
In 2014, Santosh was made the Joint General Secretary (Organization) of BJP. In 2019 he was elevated to the post General Secretary (Organization) of BJP. He is someone who is attributed to have spotted and groomed youth leaders such as Pratap Simha and Tejasvi Surya in Karnataka.
Detractors say Santosh wields a lot of control in Karnataka BJP and within the BJP high command at the center. People quote the fact that 2 unknown faces, Ashok Gasti and Eranna Kadadi, were made members of Rajya Sabha by the BJP in June 2020 much against the wishes of the Chief Minister.
Santosh in January 2020 reported that Valmikis, Bhovis, Waddars, and other Dalit societies are migrants, not native communities. J N Ganesh critizized him and said his assertion was incorrect. The Federation of Progressive Organizations organized a protest, demanding that he be charged under the SC/ST Act.
Meet B.L. Santhosh, the most high-profile BJP general secretary (organisation) ever, a party post virtually reserved for an RSS pracharak who commands enormous influence as he is the link between the party and its ideological patron (RSS).