Former Cricketer S Sreesanth formally joined BJP on March 25. The party has declared him as their candidate from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala.
Kerala is going to polls in all its 140 constituencies later this year in May.
Along with Sreesanth, names of 51 other candidates were also finalized by the Central Election Committee of the BJP.
According to union minister JP Nadda, a long discussion was held deliberating Sreesanth’s name, but the final decision was taken “keeping Kerala’s best interest in mind.”
According to media reports, RSS had reservations about Sreesanth because of his past.
Sreesanth was banned from playing cricket in September 2013 after he was found guilty of spot-fixing in the 6th edition of IPL.
In 2015, a Delhi court exonerated Sreesanth along with two other cricketers, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, in the high-profile match fixing case.
Despite the court’s clearance, the BCCI refused to lift the life ban.
Soon after the announcement of him becoming a BJP candidate was made official, Sreesanth spoke to the reporters and said that the Opposition won’t be able to attack him because his name has been cleared by the court in the spot fixing case.