Amid protests, Kummanam Rajashekharan takes over as the Governor of Mizoram

Kummanam Rajashekharan, who is credited to have spearheading the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Kerala and having served Bharatiya Janata Party for more than three decades has been appointed as the Governor of Mizoram – amid protests against appointing the ‘RSS worker’ as the Governor of the State.

Cry foul over appointment of Rajashekaran

The 66 year old senior leader from Kerala and a former staffer of Food Corporation of India was sworn in as the 18th Governor of Mizoram. A barrage of protests greeted the newly sworn in Governor as the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) an People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) opposed his appointment on the grounds that:

“Rajashekharan was an active member of the RSS and a well known VHP Leader responsible for communal clashes; driving out missionaries from Kerala” PRISM said in a statement issued jointly by its president Vanlalruata and general secretary Lalrinzuala Chawngthu.

Christian Majority State

87% of the total population in Mizoram are Christians and the appointment of a hardcore ‘Hindu Fundamentalist’ does not cut ice with the majority Christian political parties of the state. The appointment of the firebrand Hindutva leader is seen as a sinister attempt made by the BJP in cahoots with their top leadership to subvert democracy.

PRISM – an anti corruption movement turned Political party shot off a letter to Mizoram Kohran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomerate of 13 major churches to oppose the appointment of the former BJP State head of Kerala as it was against the principles of constitution.

“Ours is a Christian state and he is an RSS activist who is actively involved in various Hindu organisations. Assembly election in Mizoram will be held later this year and we have no doubt his appointment is an election tactic of the BJP. If he is there, the BJP will surely use him in its favour,” Vanlalruata told The New Indian Express.

The GCIC on its part said a ‘better replacement’ with secular credentials was needed as replacement of a retired Army officer.

Political Move ?

The appointment of Rajashekaran as the Governor of Mizoram at a time when the state goes to polls during December this year could well be a political move and given his long stint in politics, could well be ‘rubble rouser’ in Mizoram, after the results are declared.

Will be apolitical; work for the downtrodden: Governor

Rajashekharan shunned all negativity and criticism over his appointment by tweeting “Hence forth my role is apolitical. Looking forward to working with people from all walks of lives, irrespective of political affiliations” he said thanking the central government for his appointment as Governor of Mizoram.