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The Election Commission announced that the 86-year-old political veteran had won from Nemom constituency in Thiruvananthapuram district by over 8,000 votes. He defeated the incumbent and twice-victorious CPI-M MLA, V Sivankutty.
Rajagopal began his political career with the Bharatiya Jan Sangh in the 1960s. He became its state president and his first parliamentary bid as a Janata Party candidate from Kasargod in 1980 ended in failure.
He made another unsuccessful attempt from Manjeri in 1989. Post that, he failed to get a Lok Sabha seat a further four times in 1991, 1999, 2004 and 2014.
He was appointed to the Rajya Sabha in 1992 where he stayed until 2004, serving with distinction and handling Union portfolios like Defence and Parliamentary Affairs, Urban Development, Law, Justice and Company Affairs, and Railways in the previous NDA regime at the Centre.
A staunch RSS follower, Rajagopa lis close to Hindu spiritual leader Mata Amrithanandamayi, who had sent her people to Nemom to work for his victory.
The BJP, in combination with the newly formed Bharata Dharma |Jana Sena, was able to perform a good show in terms of vote share. It is now apparent that Kerala has space for a third alternative and that the stage has been set for BJP to take off in the state. -CINEWS