Vetearn cricketer Gautam Gambhir is all set to contest in the Lok Sabha polls as a BJP candidate from New Delhi constituency. New Delhi constituency currently held by the party’s Meenakshi Lekhi, who may be shown some alternate seat by the party. Gambhir is a resident of Rajinder Nagar, which falls within the constituency.
Gautam Gambhir, recently awarded the Padma Sri, has been non-committal about joining politics. He was a high-profile campaigner for Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s 2014 contest in Punjab’s Amritsar; Arun Jaitley lost the election to Congress’s Amarinder Singh, now Chief Minister of Punjab.
The former India opening batsman retired from cricket in December after a 15-year stint. He now runs a community kitchen, besides appearing as a commentator. However, he hits news frequently through his social media posts with strong comments on contemporary politics and incidents raised speculation that he would soon “start a new innings”, to quote a cliche used in many headlines.
His Twitter account is full of posts on the Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed. He recently pledged educational support to the children of the soldiers. He has also been extremely critical of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which rules Delhi.
But BJP sources indicate he may be the ace that the party will introduce in Delhi, which is set for a three-way contest with the AAP and the Congress failing to form an alliance to take on the BJP.
If he does join politics, Gautam Gambhir will tread the crowded path of cricketers-turned-politicians like Kirti Azad, Mohammad Azharuddin, Navjot Sidhu and Mohammad Kaif. Delhi will vote on May 12 in next month’s election. The results of the seven-round election will be declared on May 23.