Kerala BJP President P.S. Sreedharan Pillai was appointed as Governor of Mizoram, according to a Rashtrapati Bhawan communique.
Often known as the 'soft face' in the Kerala unit of the BJP, he rose to this level starting as a student leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in the mid-seventies.Pillai was serving his second term as the state president of the party, after having had a term from 2003-06.
"Prime Minister had asked me if I was interested to work outside Kerala. I have accepted the decision of the national leadership of the party. I see this as another way to serve the people,” said Pillai.
Ever since BJP former state president Kummanam Rajasekharan demitted the office of Mizoram governor after hardly 10 months after he had sworn in, Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi was holding the additional charge of Mizoram governor.
65-year-old Pillai, apart from being a regular BJP candidate in Kerala elections, last contested the Chengannur assembly by-poll last year in June and soon after the results came, where he finished third behind the traditional two rival political fronts, he was appointed as the new BJP president, replacing Kummanem Rajasekheran, who was appointed as the Mizoram Governor.
Incidentally, Pillai is the third Keralite to be appointed as Mizoram Governor. The first was veteran Congress leader Vakkom Purushothaman in 2011.
Pillai’s new appointment came in the midst of an unrest inside Kerala BJP unit as the party failed to win a single seat in Kerala in the Lok Sabha as well as in the bye- elections for five Assembly constituencies held recently.
Former Intelligence Bureau Chief Dineshwar Sharma and at present Interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir was appointed as Administration of the Lakshadweep Union Territory, the communique said here on Friday. Mr Sharma, an IPS officer of Kerala cadre, was Intelligence Bureau Director for two years from January 2015 to 2017.
During the first term of the Modi Government, his appointment as Government's representative for Jammu and Kashmir was announced by the then Home Minister Rajnath Singh in October 2017. He was assigned to talk to different groups of people in militancy prone state.
Mr Sharma was instrumental in Government's decision of non-initiation of combat operations during the Ramzan in May 2018 and withdrawal of cases of stone-pelting registered against youths of Jammu and Kashmir. The communique said the new gubernatorial appointments will take effect from the dates the appointees assume charge of their respective offices. (UNI)