New Delhi: Nine months after he was appointed as Mizoram Governor, former Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan resigned from his post on Friday. Rajasekharan’s resignation has heightened speculation that he may return to active politics with the forthcoming Lok Sbaha elections 2019.
If reports are to be believed, the ruling party may field Rajasekharan against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor from Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat.
“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,” Rajasekheran told a Kerala TV channel on Friday. State BJP President P.S. Sreedharan Pillai said: “This is happy news for the BJP and Sangh Parivar forces.”
As per an official communique from the President’s office, Rajasekharan’s resignation had been accepted by Ram Nath Kovind and Governor of Assam, Prof Jagdish Mukhi, has been given additional charge of the Mizoram, “in addition to his own duties, until regular arrangements for the office of the Governor of Mizoram is made”.
What happened in Thiruvananthapuram in 2014?
Thiruvananthapuram witnessed a three-cornered fight in the 2014 general election between BJP, Congress and CPI. BJP candidate O Rajagopal, a former minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government was pitted against Tharoor but failed to defeat him.
Congress MP Tharoor had retained the seat with a margin of 15,000 votes.