NEW DELHI : Kummanam Rajasekharan has quit as the governor of Mizoram, TV reports said, amid speculation that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may field him against Congress’ Shashi Tharoor from Thiruvananthapuram. The Congressman is currently its sitting Member of Parliament from the Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala. He was appointed the state’s governor in May last year after serving as the party’s president in Kerala for three years.

President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed BJP’s Jagdish Mukhi, a veteran politician from Delhi, as the governor of the north-eastern state. His three-year tenure as state BJP chief saw the faction-ridden state unit make its debut in 2016 in the state assembly.

The saffron party, still seen as a north Indian phenomenon in most of the southern states, is yet to win a Lok Sabha seat in Kerala even though its parent, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has been active there for several decades.

Muslims and Christians, the two of the largest minority groups, form a significant share of the state’s population, with around 26% and 18% contribution to its population, respectively.

BJP will be hoping that the agitation over the Sabarimala temple brings it some electoral dividends but that will be difficult to achieve, given the electoral demographics in a state that loves its beef.

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