THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Cricketer S Sreesanth will be the BJP candidate from Thiruvananthapuram constituency in the upcoming Assembly polls. The central election committee of the BJP, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, cleared the name of Sreesanth, along with 50 other names to be contested from the state. Earlier, the party had announced the list of 22 senior leaders in the first list of candidates.The following are the names in the second list of candidates.
Jaitley Himself Cleared Sree’s Candidature
T’Puram: Considering the fact that Sreesanth is facing a life ban from cricket imposed by the disciplinary committee of the BCCI headed by none other than Arun Jaitley, the Union Finance Minister himself clearing his candidature is an irony. On the campaign trail, the BJP in general and Sreesanth in particular will be facing some inconvenient questions on this front. However, Sreesanth will be defending himself claiming that he has already been acquitted of the charge of betting, citing that the prosecution had not been able to produce a single valid evidence to support the chargesheet. The Delhi Metropolitan Court had also cited the absence of any evidence against Sreesanth.
Earlier, there were reports of mounting pressure on actor Suresh Gopi to contest from Thiruvananthapuram. Sreesanth, when contacted by the party, had expressed the wish to contest from Tripunithura. However, the party had already allotted the seat to Thuravoor Viswambharan