That cricket and politics goes hand-in-hand in the country came to the fore yet again on Thursday when Amitabh Choudhary, ex-IPS and president, Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) officially joined the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajantantrik (JVM-P) and indirectly hinted at contesting the forthcoming parliament polls from Ranchi.
Welcoming Choudhary into the party, JVM-P chief Babulal Marandi said that Choudhary's induction would give a new fillip as he is one of the rare ex-civil servants with a 'clean' record.
Besides, Choudhary, they said, is acceptable to all sections of the society.
"I am happy to have joined JVM-P," said Choudhary, who in the evening left for Bhubaneshwar to attend a BCCI meeting where the crucial decision to grant Test venue status to Ranchi's international stadium would be taken.
"I have been campaigning and meeting people for the past one year. I do wish to contest the polls, but the party would take a final call on my candidature," he said.
Choudhary, a former Team India manager, is the second IPS officer to have embraced JVM-P after quitting the service.
His former colleague, Dr Ajoy Kumar, a 1986 batch IPS officer, is credited to be the trendsetter, who joined JVM-P in 2011 and successfully contested the Jamshedpur by-elections defeating BJP’s Dineshanand Goswami by a convincing margin of over 1.55 lakh votes.
Choudhary, serving as additional director general of police (ADG) with the home department, had put in his papers last year and had been hobnobbing with various political parties since then.
While the objective was clear to contest the parliamentary polls, which party he would go was unclear till Wednesday.
With Choudhary in the fray now, the contest for the Ranchi seat has become interesting.
The seat is currently held by former Union minister, Subodhkant Sahay of Congress.
Besides, BJP and AJSU Party too have strengthened their base in the constituency over the past five years.