The BJP on Friday announced former India pacer S Sreesanth from the Thiruvananthapuram seat in the forthcoming assembly elections.
The photo of Sreesanth embracing the saffron party chief Amit Shah has gone viral on social media platforms.
However, BJP’s decision to field a tainted player may not be electorally prudent move as the cricketer still faces ban from the BCCI on playing cricket in any form of cricket for being allegedly involved in mtach fixing.
The announcement on Sreesanth was taken after a nearly four-hour-long meeting of the Central Election Committee (CEC) of BJP.
The CEC said that Sreesanth had formally joined the party and would contest from Thiruvananthapuram.
The 33-year-old tainted cricketer said that his name had been cleared by the court in a match-fixing case and was, therefore, not worried about any Opposition attack on him regarding the controversy.
A trial court in Delhi though dropped charges against him last year, he remains banned from playing any form of cricket by the BCCI.
BJP has already announced 22 candidates from Kerala in its first list.
This is not the first time BJP has embraced individuals with tainted background.
In August last year, former minister in Assam’s Tarun Gogoi’s cabinet and a Congress legislator, Himanta Biswa Sarma, had joined the BJP after meeting the party president Amit Shah for more than an hour on Sunday.
In July last year, Jantakareporter.com had reported how Sarma was under the corruption scanner following reports of a US firm bribing Indian officials in order to win tenders for two major water developmental projects in Goa and Guwahati