Mizoram governor Rajasekharan resigns, may contest Lok Sabha polls

Mizoram governor Kummanam Rajasekharan has resigned as the governor of Mizoram, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said on Friday. Media reports said that Rajasekharan is likely to be the BJP candidate in the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat now held by Shashi Tharoor of the Congress.

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The Rashtrapathi Bhavan said on Friday that president Ram Nath Kovind had accepted the resignation of Rajasekharan.

“The president is pleased to appoint Jagdish Mukhi, governor of Assam, to discharge the functions of the governor of Mizoram, in addition to his own duties, until regular arrangements for the office of the governor of Mizoram is made,” a communique said.

Rajasekharan was the Kerala BJP president when he was appointed the Mizoram governor last year.

“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,” Rajasekharan told a Kerala TV channel on Friday.

Two-time MP Shashi Tharoor of the Congress is determined to win even as Rajasekharan jumping into the fray may mean a stiff contest in the offing in the Kerala capital.

Tharoor told the media that he was least affected as to who his opponents would be. “Earlier there was speculation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself might contest from here. For me, it does not matter as I have been the MP from here for the past 10 years while the BJP has been ruling the country for five years and the Left is ruling Kerala for the past three years. What counts is what one has done here,” he said.