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Thiruvananthapuram:

Kummanam Rajasekharan, BJP leader from Kerala resigns as the governor of Mizoram, ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. It was nine months back that Kummanam was appointed as the governor of Mizoram. Reports suggest that Kummanam is most likely to contest in Trivandrum constituency against Shashi Tharoor and C Divakaran.

“I have resigned as the party wished that I should be in Kerala. I also wished to be in Kerala and hence I have quit,” said Kummanam about his sudden resignation. If speculations are to be believed, then Trivandrum will witness a strong competition between Shashi Tharoor of Congress, C. Divakaran of CPI and Kummanam. “This is happy news for the BJP and Sangh Parivar forces,” Kerala BJP chief PS Sreedharan Pillai responded.

Kummanam came into the limelight with Nilakkal agitation in 1982. He has been working for RSS since 1970. Before being appointed as Mizoram governor, Kummanam was working as the President of the state unit of BJP. The resignation comes days after the state unit of BJP had kept a plea before centre to relieve Kummanam off his duties so that he can be active during general elections 2019.

Responding to the speculations, incumbent MP Shashi Tharoor said, “Not seeing this as a fight against any individual, rather against a party. As far as Mr Rajasekharan is concerned, he has been kind enough to come to my son’s wedding reception; there is no personal bitterness.”

Last elections in 2014, a senior leader of BJP, O Rajagopal lost in Thiruvananthapuram for a mere 15,000 votes. Kummanam is expected to capture the core Hindu votes coupled with the gains from Sabarimala agitations.

President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation. Assam governor, Jagdish Mukhi, has been given the additional charge of Mizoram until a new nominee is selected.

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