BJP planning to field Sreesanth in Kerala polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is planning to field cricketer S. Sreesanth as its candidate for Kerala Assembly elections to be held on May 16.

Sreesanth said he would decide on whether to contest in the election on Wednesday.

“I will let you know my decision,” Sreesanth told PTI but declined to give further details.

Top BJP leader called him

Members of Sreesanth’s family said he received a call from a top BJP leader in Delhi requesting him to contest from the Thrippunithura Assembly constituency. They also said Sreesanth is likely to meet BJP chief Amit Shah when he visits Kerala.

When contacted, Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan said the State leadership was not aware of the move but “things will be clear in two days.”

A top BJP leader also said someone from BJP’s central leadership must have contacted Sreesanth directly “as he is a celebrity.”

He may fight Minister K. Babu

If Sreesanth decides to contest the elections, he is likely to fight against State Excise Minister and Congress leader K. Babu for Thrippunithura seat in Ernakulam district.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has not announced its candidate to the seat.

Now, he is a busy actor

After being exonerated in the 2013 IPL spot fixing-case by a Delhi court last year, Sreesanth is now a busy actor. He is currently shooting for a Hindi film produced by Pooja Bhatt.

Mr. Babu, a close confidant of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, has been winning from Thrippunithura since 1991.