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Mizoram Governor resigns, may contest LS polls against Tharoor

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kummanam Rajasekharan has resigned as Mizoram Governor less than ten months after being appointed to the post setting off speculation that the senior BJP leader from Kerala may fight the Lok Sabha polls from Thiruvananthapuram, a seat held by Shashi Tharoor of the Congress.

A staunch Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) man and a former chief of state unit of BJP, Rajasekharan, 65, is being seen as the saffron party’s best Lok Sabha chance from Kerala, which is the only major state where it is yet to open an account.

President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of Rajasekharan as Mizoram Governor, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said in New Delhi Friday.

Though the BJP leadership is yet to announce the candidate list, state party sources here said chances are high that Rajasekharan could contest from the prestigious Thiruvananthapuram seat, one of the half-a-dozen constituencies where the party hopes to put up a good showing.

Rajasekharan was made the Mizoram Governor on May 25 last in a surprise move when the crucial Chengannur Assembly bypoll was round the corner. Since then, a section of party workers had been demanding and speculating about the return of the senior leader to active politics.

If Rajasekharan is chosen for the Thiruvananthapuram constituency, a fierce triangular contest involving the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF), opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) and the BJP is on the cards. Though the Congress-led UDF is also yet to announce its candidate list, Tharoor is expected to seek a third term from here. The LDF has named CPI’s sitting MLA C Divakaran as its nominee.

When his reaction on the possible fielding of Rajasekharan from the constituency was sought, Tharoor said the BJP leader was a good human being, but it was the ideology of the party which the candidate represented mattered.

BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai said as of now he could not confirm whether or not Rajasekharan would contest the upcoming polls. “It is up to our national leadership to announce the candidates. But, his (Rajasekharan) centre of action during the upcoming election will be Thiruvananthapuram,” he said adding Rajasekharan’s return to the state would give more strength to the party during the time of elections.

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