Sobha Surendran
Shoba surendran
Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state of Kerala
Personal details
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpouseK.K Surendran
Residence(s)Thrissur, Kerala
Alma materUniversity of Calicut
  • Politician
  • social worker

Sobha Surendran is an Indian politician from the state of Kerala, allied to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Sobha is the first woman politician from Kerala BJP to hold a position at the national level.[1] She has acted as the state president of BJP Mahila Morcha. She also serves on the board of directors of the Chennai Petroleum Corporation.[2][3][4]

Personal life

Sobha was born in the Wadakkanchery, Thrissur district, Kerala.[5][6] Sobha is married to K. K. Surendran, a Bharatiya Janata Party politician also from Wadakkanchery.[7]

Political career

Sobha was the state president of the Mahila Morcha.[8] She was a member of the party's core committee and was the state general secretary of the party.[9] She was later moved from state general secretary to vice-president.[10]


In 2016, there was a close contest and she came second with 40,087 votes.[11] Sobha, as the party's state general secretary, was then contesting both legislative assembly and general elections on a BJP ticket.

Over the years her election results have been improving the party vote share.[12]

In 2019, Sobha contested the Attingal constituency and came third against Adoor Prakash of the Indian National Congress. In 2014 BJP got 92000 votes and in 2019 BJP got 248000 votes in Attingal.[13][14]

In 2021, for the Assembly election, Sobha Surendran contested the Kazhakkoottam constituency in the Thiruvananthapuram district and lost to Kadakampally Surendran CPI(M) candidate.[citation needed]


After being appointed state vice-president Sobha Surendran was reluctant to take up the post, which triggered a controversy within the Party.[15][16][17][18] Her statement about welcoming the Muslim League into the NDA, in an interview, had caused confusion in the BJP. The BJP state president K. Surendran refuted her statement.[19][20][21] In 2018, during the BJP's protest march against the arrest of K. Surendran in Kannur, Sobha made provocative comments against the police and threatened SP Yathish Chandra.[22] She was arrested by the Kerala Police.[23]

Protests and struggles

Sobha Surendran was one of the key figures arrested by police in the Sabarimala protests.[24][25][26] She fasted for 48 hours in support of the agitation by PSC job seekers in the PSC rank lists in the Secretariat.[27][28] Subsequently, Sobha met with the Kerala Governor and received assurances that he would act in favor of the job aspirants.[29][30][31]

In November 2020, Sobha alleged that the party president, K. Surendran, had organised a political conspiracy against her, both personally and politically, to end her political career.[32] She wrote a complaint letter to BJP national president JP Nadda and union home minister Amit Shah.[33]


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  2. ^ "Chennai Petroleum Corporation Management Information - Details of Chennai Petroleum Corporation Management - The Economic Times".
  3. ^ Naha, Abdul Latheef (28 April 2016). "BJP's power couple - The Hindu". The Hindu.
  4. ^ "Kerala elections 2021: BJP's Sobha Surendran puts state leadership in the dock over denial of ticket- The New Indian Express".
  5. ^ "Choice of BJP candidates upsets many supporters in Kerala". 28 April 2016.
  6. ^ ((cite web title=Biodata of Shobha%20Surendran|url= March 2019))
  7. ^ "Husband-wife Duo to Try Luck in Kerala Polls- The New Indian Express".
  8. ^ "Absence of woman leader at the helm leaves BJP worried". The New Indian Express.
  9. ^ Naha, Abdul Latheef (28 April 2016). "BJP's power couple". The Hindu – via
  10. ^ "Sobha Surendran's outburst exposes chinks in Kerala BJP". The New Indian Express.
  11. ^ "Palakkad Assembly Election 2016 Latest News & Results". Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  12. ^ Chandran, Cynthia (12 April 2019). "Left sitting pretty in its Attingal bastion". Deccan Chronicle.
  13. ^ "Attingal Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Live: Attingal Constituency Election Results, News, Candidates, Vote Paercentage". News18. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Lok Sabha: India general election results 2019". 22 May 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  15. ^ Anandan, S. (4 February 2021). "Sobha Surendran falls in line, attends BJP meet". The Hindu – via
  16. ^ "Kerala BJP leader Sobha Surendran alleges bid in state unit to humiliate her". 2 November 2020.
  17. ^ "Attempt at disciplinary action against Sobha Surendran foiled". The New Indian Express.
  18. ^ "Sobha's outburst brings unusual camaraderie in BJP | Thiruvananthapuram News - Times of India". The Times of India. 2 November 2020.
  19. ^ "Sobha invites IUML to NDA fold, leaves K Surendran in a spot". The New Indian Express.
  20. ^ "Kerala: BJP leaders blow hot and cold on IUML ties | Kochi News - Times of India". The Times of India. 28 February 2021.
  21. ^ "BJP list earns Sobha Surendran's sarcasm | Thiruvananthapuram News - Times of India". The Times of India. 15 March 2021.
  22. ^ "Shobha Surendran booked for provocative statements against Kerala cops". Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  23. ^ "BJP leader Sobha Surendran booked for threatening remarks against Kerala police". The News Minute. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  24. ^ "Sabarimala issue: Fasting BJP leader Shobha Surendran arrested, shifted to hospital". The New Indian Express.
  25. ^ "Sabarimala strike: BJP leader Sobha takes over fast as CK Padmanabhan is hospitalised". The News Minute. 20 December 2018.
  26. ^ "Sabarimala row: BJP leader on hunger strike arrested, shifted to hospital". ANI News.
  27. ^ "Sobha's presence in PSC job aspirants' stir lands BJP in a fix". The New Indian Express.
  28. ^ "Sobha Surendran stages sit-in protest to support PSC rank holders' issue". Mathrubhumi.
  29. ^ "Sobha Surendran arranges talks between Guv, PSC agitators". The New Indian Express.
  30. ^ "Governor's intervention in PSC job seekers' stir a turning point: Sobha Surendran". The New Indian Express.
  31. ^ Gopie, Sajitha (20 February 2021). "Sobha-surendran-about-meeting-governor-over".
  32. ^ "K Surendran conspired against me, says Sobha". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  33. ^ "Sobha Surendran accuses K Surendran of trying to end her political career". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 18 March 2021.