Aizawl: Amid opposition from some quarters, former Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan was on Tuesday sworn in as the 23rd governor of Mizoram.
Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Ajit Singh administered oath of office and secrecy to Rajasekharan in a swearing-in ceremony held at Raj Bhavan’s Durball hall here in the morning.
He replaced Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Nirbhay Sharma who completed his term on Monday after taking charge in May 2015.
The swearing-in was attended by chief minister Lal Thanhawla, his cabinet colleagues, MLAs and party leaders including Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga and state BJP president Prof. J.V Hluna.
Speaking to reporters after the oath taking ceremony, the politician turned governor said he will give priority to all-round development of the state.
“This is the first time I am holding the post of governor and I will try my level best for the welfare and well being of the people of Mizoram,” he said, adding his main mission is to develop the state, promote education, trade and commerce and agriculture.
The 66-year-old BJP leader from Kerala said he will serve the general public and work for the development of the entire state during his tenure as governor.
He said he was inspired to come to Mizoram and take golden opportunity to serve the state as governor.
On allegation that his appointment as governor might have impact on Mizoram politics, the newly inducted governor said he will not involved in politics.
“I will not involve in active politics but abide by the ethics of governor office,” he said.
Born on 23 December, 1952 at Kummanam village in Kerala’s Kottayam district, Rajasekharan had graduated B.Sc from CMS College Kottayam and obtained postgraduate diploma in journalism.
He started his activities as an activist of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Sangh Parivar in the state of Kerala in 1970. In 1987, he resigned from government service and became a full-time Sangh Parivar worker. He was appointed as the state BJP chief in 2015.
Rajasekharan was appointed as the governor of Mizoram by president Ram Nath Kovind along with Ganeshi Lal as governor of Odisha on Friday.
Meanwhile, People People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) and a Bangalore based Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) had opposed Rajasekharan’s appointment on the ground that it will have religious impact on Mizoram as he is an “active politician and a radical Hindu”.
A statement issued by PRISM earlier said that Rajasekharan was not suitable for the Governor’s post as he is an “active member of the RSS and was involved with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.”
The party also argued that posting of a person who was involved in active politics might have impact on the state’s politics as it is due for assembly elections in this year end.
GCIC on the other hand, appealed to President Ram Nath Kovind to replace Rajasekharan with a “sober and fair-minded person” citing that he is “hard-core Hindutva fundamentalist.”
The council alleged that it was a ploy on the part of the BJP led Central government to deliberately disturb harmony and peaceful atmosphere of a Christian dominated Mizoram.