Former Cricketer S Sreesanth has recently joined the BJP and will contest the upcoming Kerala Assembly elections from Thiruvananthapuram.
"Whenever I thought about joining politics I always thought about doing so with the BJP," the controversial cricketer said minutes after his induction.
BJP is eyeing big gains in Kerala and hopes to attract the youth vote across party lines with the cricketer's entry into its fold. So far, it has been seen either Congress-led UDF or CPM-led LDF governments. Interestingly, the party does not have a single legislator in the Kerala assembly but made a jump of nearly 4% in vote share during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, crossing the 10% mark. The BJP’s State unit has been making an all-out effort to field prominent persons from different realms in certain segments where it hopes to register a win.
S Sreesanth is a former Indian cricketer, who was banned for life from playing Cricket by the BCCI, for his involvement in spot-fixing in the 2013 IPL season. In July 2015, Delhi's Patiala House court dropped all charges, including organised crime (MCOCA), against the cricketers in the IPL 6 spot-fixing case. He is also the first Kerala Ranji player to have played Twenty20 cricket for India. Sreesanth also made his début as an actor in the south Indian movie Big Picture.