Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan resigns, could contest elections against Shashi Tharoor from Thiruvananthapuram

President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said on Friday. This comes amid speculations that Rajasekharan would be rejoining active politics to contest elections against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram.

President Ram Nath Kovind has given additional charge of Mizoram to Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, the spokesperson added. The President of India is pleased to appoint Prof. 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, the statement read.

The decision to recall Rajasekharan back to electoral politics is said to have been taken in BJP general secretary meeting in New Delhi, on Monday. It was also the wish of RSS, BJP’s ideological mother wing, to field Rajasekharan from Kerela’s seat, reports said.

A RSS veteran, Rajasekharan has been involved with right wing activism from an early age. In 1987, he resigned from a government post and became a full-time RSS worker. He has also served in organisations like Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Kshetra Samrakshana Samiti, Balasadanams and Ekal Vidyalayas. He was also secretary of Hindu Aikya Vedi and Sabarimala Ayyappa Sewa Samajam.

He was the President of Kerala state BJP from 2015 to 2018 before being called-up for the job of Governor.