As the Left Democratic Front (LDF) surged to victory in Kerala, the Bharatiya Janata Party created history by winning its first assembly seat in the state. Veteran leader O Rajagopal, who contested from Nemom seat in Thiruvananthapuram, defeated sitting MLA V Sivankutty of CPI-M by 8671 votes.

Source: Twitter| BJP Keralam

Several leaders from the party expressed their hearty congratulations on Twitter:

Here is all you need to know about the 86-year-old man, popularly known as 'Rajettan', who helped BJP open its account in Kerala:

Source: Twitter| BJP Keralam
Source: witter| BJP Rajagopal

 (With inputs from PTI)