THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan resigned on Friday. He is set to be the BJP candidate in the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency. President Ram Nath Kovind accepted his resignation and assigned Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi to discharge the additional duty of the Governor of Mizoram until a replacement.
Express had earlier reported Kummanam would contest from the Thiruvananthapuram seat. The BJP state leadership has welcomed the development. According to the BJP, Kummanam, its former state president, is the best bet for the party in Thiruvananthapuram. Kummanam maintains a warm relationship with the NSS, SNDP and other major community organisations.
In the last general elections, BJP leader O Rajagopal lost to Congress’ Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvananthapuram by a margin of 14,501 votes. Kummanam had contested the Vattiyoorkavu Assembly seat in the 2016 elections. He came second giving the Congress’ K Muraleedharan a tough fight. CPM candidate T N Seema came third. While Congress is all set to field sitting MP Shashi Tharoor, the LDF has chosen senior CPI leader and Nedumangad MLA C Divakaran in the Thiruvananthapuram seat.