Two-time World Cup hero of India, Gautam Gambhir, recently hung up his boots from all formats of the game. His excellent knocks in 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup brought India all the laurels.
Many were thinking what will be his post-retirement plans. Many contemplated that he might join an IPL team as a part of coaching staff. However all the speculations are now put to rest as Gambhir has officially joined politics.
He chose to join Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Reports suggest that Gambhir might contest the election from New Delhi constituency. Currently that constituency is held by Meenakshi Lekhi of BJP.
Gambhir lives in Rajinder Nagar which falls in that constituency. In that case, Meenakshi will be accomodated to some other constituencies in the capital city.
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Gambhir excited to join BJP
The former cricketer joined the party in presence of Union Minister Arun Jaitley. After joining he expressed his elation and said that he is looking forward to serve his country and his confident of giving his best.
“This is a fabulous platform for me to do something good for the country, and I am sure I will do my best. Got inspired by PM Modi and his vision. I am honoured to get the opportunity to join this platform,” he was quoted as saying by NDTV.
Jaitley also welcome GG to politics and said that BJP wants to induct people who have achieved excellency in their respective fields. “A very important induction into the party. We try to induct people who have achieved excellence in their own fields. Gautam Gambhir’s past does not show him to be a Pakistan sympathiser,” he said in welcoming the cricketer.