|Former Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.|
15 September 1929 |
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Shantha Kumari|
|Children||Vivekanand , Shyamaprasad (filmmaker)|
O. Rajagopal (born September 15, 1929) is an Indian public figure and former Union Minister who is associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Due to the low odds of election in the state of Kerala, Rajagopal represented Madhya Pradesh (a state he is not domiciled in) in the Rajya Sabha from 1992 until 2004
He was born on September 15, 1929 to Madhavan Nair and O. Konhikkavu Amma of Olanchery veedu at Pudukkad Panchayath in Palakkad. His early education took place in Kanakkannoor elementary school and Manjapra Upper Primary school and later went to Government Victoria College, Palakkad.
Jana Sangh work
He was inspired by Deendayal Upadhyaya and began working in the Jana Sangh shortly after completing his studies. The death of Upadhyaya in 1968 spurred Rajagopal to pursue his public career more deeply. He was the State General Secretary of Jana Sangh until 1974. That same year, he was promoted to the post of President, a post he held until 1977.
In the Emergency period he was jailed with Mr. V. Velankutty Master (Palakkad District President of Jansangh) in Viyyur Central Jail. After the Indian emergency the Jana Sangh merged with the Janata Party. During this period of time Rajagopal served as the State General Secretary for the Jana Sangh.
In 1980, the Janata Party split and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was formed. Rajagopal then served as its Kerala president until 1985.After 1985 he occupied a number of positions, including the All India Secretary, General Secretary, and the Vice President of BJP. In 1989 he ran for a Lok Sabha from Manjeri but failed. Two years later, he attempted to run for the Trivandrum (Lok Sabha constituency) seat but failed again because BJP candidates are nearly unelectable in Kerala. His next run took place in the state of Madhya Pradesh. He was elected in 1992 and 1998 to the Rajya Sabha. In 1999 he attempted a second run from Thiruvananthapuram but failed again. In 2006, there were rumors that Rajagopal would contest elections from Palakkad in the assembly elections for Kerala. In the 2011 Assembly elctions he contested from the Nemom constituency in Thiruvananthapuram and was speculated to win, but eventually lost by a margin of 6,400 votes. He lost the by-election from Neyyattinkara constituency, which was held on June 2, 2012.
2004 Lok Sabha Election
|Indian general elections, 2004: Trivandrum|
|CPI||P. K. Vasudevan Nair||286,057||37.45||+1.45|
- Candidate Watch - 'O. Rajagopal, BJP candidate, Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat' The Hindu - April 28, 2004
- Diluting MLAs’ rights The Tribune, Chandigarh - October 31, 2001
- 18 outsiders in Rajya Sabha The Hindu - June 10, 2004
- Life & Career - Keral.com
- Positions Held - Keral.com
- BJP's O Rajagopal to contest from Palakkad Rediff - March 06, 2006
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