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BJP planning to field Sreesanth in Kerala polls

Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth will begin a new innings in life after he decided to contest in Kerala assembly polls for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Sreesanth in Kerala polls-AV

The party has contacted him, but he has sought time to think about it till Wednesday. If he decides to contest from Thrippunithura, he will be pitted against excise minister K Babu.

According to sources, Sreesanth has informed BJP top brass that he will decide on the matter after discussing with his family.

Sreesanth said, “Wait for a day, you will know from where I contest.”

Sources said that he will be contesting elections from Eranakulam.

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.”

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.

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.

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