Chandigarh, January 17 : Former Mayor and senior MC councillor Arun Sood was elected as the new president of the Chandigarh BJP on Friday.
He replaced Sanjay Tandon, who has been the city chief for ten years. Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar made the annoucement at BJP’s office in Sector 33 here.
BJP national secretary and city elections observer Y Satya Kumar, Tandon, MP Kirron Kher and Mayor Raj Bala Malik were present at the occasion.
Despite having no political background, Sood has reached the top post of the city BJP. His parents retired as teachers. Sood joined the RSS in 1987. He was introduced to the city politics by Manohal Lal Khattar along with Sanjay Tandon. Sood also served as the state general secretary of the BJYM, Punjab, from 2000 to 2003. He was appointed the state secretary of the city BJP in 2007 and the state general secretary in 2010. He was elected councillor in December 2011 and Mayor in 2016.
A man of varied interests, Sood is a regular blood donor. He has done a basic mountaineering course at Manali and participated in the national air shooting competition. He has also done gliding and flying course from the Pinjore Aviation Club and secured the student pilot licence.