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Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan Resigns

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Guwahati: Governor of Mizoram Kummanam Rajasekharan has resigned from his office on Friday and is likely to contest in the Lok Sabha polls from Thiruvananthapuram.

Rajasekharan’s resignation has been accepted by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind. He has been sworn in as the Mizoram Governor on May 25, 2018. After his resignation, President Kovind has appointed Governor of Assam, Jagadish Mukhi to discharge the functions of the Mizoram Governor in addition to his own duties until regular arrangements for the office of the Governor of Mizoram is made.

Rajasekharan was the former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President of the state of Kerala and according to a report his name was doing the rounds as the probable BJP candidate to contest from Thiruvananthapuram in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Kerala state BJP President, PS Sreedharan Pillai said that the state unit of the BJP as a whole supports him to be the candidate of Thiruvananthapuram and Rajasekharan will face LDF candidate C Divakaran, a sitting MLA of the CPI and Shashi Tharoor from Congress.

The BJP, however, believes that Thiruvananthapuram is a constituency in which the party had a chance to win considering the polarisation following the Sabarimala controversy.

Rajasekharan has contested the Assembly elections in 2016 from the Vattiyoorkavu constituency in Thiruvananthapuram and it is the constituency which BJP hopes that it would win. The constituency witnessed a triangular fight between Rajasekharan, V Muaraleedharan of the Congress and TN Seema from CPI (M).

Rajasekharan began his political career as an activist of the RSS in 1970. In 1987, he resigned from government service and became a full-time Sangh Parivar worker, while being instrumental in spearheading Kerala’s Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Kshetra Samrakshana Samiti, Balasadanams and Ekal Vidyalayas. He has been the secretary of Hindu Aikya Vedi and Sabarimala Ayyappa Sewa Samajam.

Rajasekharan’s tenure as Mizoram Governor lasted less than 10 months and his appointment came as a shock to many as it was just a couple of days before the crucial by-election in Chengannur.

 

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