Ashoke Dinda Is BJP's Candidate From West Bengal's Moyna
Former cricketer Ashoke Dinda, who joined the BJP last month, will be its candidate from the Moyna constituency in West Bengal's Purba Medinipur district for the state elections starting this month, the party announced on Saturday.
Mr Dinda was formally inducted into the party in the presence of Union Minister Babul Supriyo and state BJP vice president Arjun Singh at a public meeting in Kolkata and has been attending campaign rallies since.
The bowler had recently announced his retirement from all formats of the game. The pacer represented India in 13 ODIs and nine T20Is, picking 12 and 17 wickets respectively.
Mr Dinda's induction into the BJP came on the same day that his teammate Manoj Tiwary joined the ruling Trinamool Congress in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The Moyna seat is held by the Trinamool Congress's Sangram Kumar Dola who defeated the Congress's Manik Bhowmik in the 2016 polls by almost 12,000 votes. He was named the ruling party's candidate once again this time.