S. Sreesanth, former cricketer from Kerala, joined the BJP on Friday. He will contest the May 16 Kerala assembly elections from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency. The BJP also announced its candidates for 51 of the 140 constituencies in the state.
Actor Bheeman Reghu will seek the mandate from Pathanapuram, while director Ali Akbar will contest on the party ticket from Koduvally. Sreesanth said he would try to give a facelift to the state.
“I will try to attract more youths to politics,” he said. Earlier, Sreesanth had met PM Narendra Modi and BJP national chief Amit Shah in Delhi.
Though Sreesanth was considered for the Thripunithura constituency, a section of the party had opposed the move. They had demanded that Thuravoor Viswambharan, scholar and former professor of Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam, should be fielded in Thripunithura.
The BJP was hoping to field Suresh Gopi in Thiruvananthapuram, but the actor did not express his willingness to contest. Sreesanth was banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after fixing allegations.
He last played in the Indian Premier League 2013. He was arrested on charge of matchfixing and was lodged in Tihar Jail in Delhi. In July 2015, a Patiala House court in Delhi exonerated him and two other players in the case, against which Delhi Police have gone in appeal.