Former cricketer S Sreesanth, who is contesting the upcoming Kerala Assembly polls from Trivandrum, said on Sunday that he would fight the battle aggressively.
Sreesanth, who is contesting on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket, told ANI that he wasn’t sure initially whether he would contest the elections for the saffron party.
“I’m 33 and I will not give up on cricket. But obviously duty comes first, after winning I would love to help the youth as well as the people of Trivandrum to get a better life,” he said.
“People of Kerala supported me in the toughest phase of my life and it is a great opportunity to pay back to them and give a new life to the state.” he added.
Sreesanth further asserted that his main emphasis would be on improving the quality of education and attract youth towards politics.
“Hats off to Modi ji the way he is. I think the BJP government is doing a great job, whichever state they are ruling; they are doing good, so it’s high time Kerala gets that privilege,” he said.
“It’s a change, everybody needs a change and it’s been 60 years Kerala has been oscillating between two parties, it’s high time somebody comes and makes some noise,” he added.
When asked why he joined the BJP, the former cricketer said, “The party is doing really well across India and I would love to be with a party who is in real proving its mettle unlike others who only speak.”
Sreesanth was inducted in the party on Friday in presence of Union health minister JP Nadda and senior BJP leader Srikant Sharma besides others. Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan and BJP leader Kummanam Rajasekharan were also present on the occasion.
The BJP is hoping to make inroads in a state which has been predominantly ruled by traditional rivals Congress-led UDF or CPM-led LDF.
In Kerala, voting for 140 assembly seats would be held in a single phase on May 16.