BJP leader and Former Mizoram governor Kummanam Rajasekharan on Tuesday arrived at Thiruvananthapuram for the first time after he resigned from the constitutional post in the northeast state.
Party members gave him a warm welcome at the airport. BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai, Sobha Surendran, former DGP T P Senkumar were also present to receive him.
His return to active politics ahead of the Lok Sabha elections was necessitated after an internal poll of BJP projected him as a candidate from the state. He will take on Shashi Tharoor of UDF and C Divakaran of LDF at Thiruvananthapuram seat where BJP anchored its hopes in the state.
Finalising the candidate for Thiruvananthapuram seat was not an easy task for BJP. Actor Mohanlal, actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi, state leaders like K Surendran and P S Sreedharan Pillai were in the list. News websites reported that even Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman was also being considered at one point.
Rajasekharan’s association with religious organisations is expected to give him an advantage in the backdrop of Sabarimala controversy.