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BJP Scripts History in Kerala as O Rajagopal Wins Nemom Seat

Rajagopal, the 83-year-old dark horse, who was BJP's sole hope in previous elections, repaid the party's faith in him.

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Updated:May 19, 2016, 12:28 PM IST
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BJP Scripts History in Kerala as O Rajagopal Wins Nemom Seat
O Rajagopal, the 86 year old candidate of BJP won the Nemom Seat. (Picture courtesy: BJP website)

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  • Rajagopal was BJP's sole hope in previous elections
  • He defeated Communist Party of India- Marxist leader V Sivankutty
  • BJP had never had a MLA or MP in the state

Finally, the Bharatiya Janata Party has created history in the God's Own Country. BJP candidate O Rajagopal on Thursday achieved the unthinkable by winning from Nemom constituency in Kerala Assembly election by defeating Communist Party of India- Marxist leader V Sivankutty.

The party had never had a MLA or MP in the state.

Rajagopal, the 83-year-old dark horse, who was BJP's sole hope in previous elections, repaid the party's faith in him.

Born on September 15, 1929 to Madhavan Nair and O Kunhikkavu Amma at Pudukkod Panchayath in Palakkad district, he completed Law graduation in Chennai and began practicing law in 1956 at the Palakkad District Court.

In 1980, the Janata Party split and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was formed and he served as its Kerala president until 1985. He became All India Secretary, General Secretary, and the Vice President of BJP and was elected in 1992 and 1998 to the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh.

In the year 1999, he became the Minister of State in the Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and then became the Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways between 2000 and 2002.

He later held the positions of Minister of State in the Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

Having fought several assembly and parliamentary elections from various constituencies in Kerala, Rajagopal had finally managed to win a seat.

With agency inputs.

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