Hassan: With Lok Sabha elections fast approaching, parties in Karnataka are busy with candidate selection. Meanwhile, BJP has planned to field popular faces from the party.

Sources say that BJP has already approached the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gautham Gambhir to contest for Lok Sabha elections. In Karnataka, the party is interested in fielding popular cricketer and coach from the state, Javagal Srinath.

Though there has been no confirmation from the former cricket player in this regard, it is said that BJP is trying to convince him to contest from Hassan constituency in Karnataka.

Speculation is that instead of former PM and JD(S) national president Deve Gowda, his grandson (PWD minister HD Revanna's son) Prajwal might enter into politics through Hassan with the MP ticket.

Thus, BJP has to field someone, who is well-known, to fight it rival party in Hassan, known as the home turf of JD(S). 

Though the sportsperson was born in Mysuru, his ancestral house is in Hassan and he had also spent two years in Hassan, when he was pursuing engineering fom Malnad College of Engineering. The other name on the list is Captain Gopinath, founder of Air Deccan, who hails from Hassan.

Currently, the seat sharing between JD(S) and Congress has left  leaders from Congress including A Manju and B Shivaram disappointed. BJP is also trying to make use of this situation to make it advantage 'lotus'.