Former ace cricketer and India’s world cup final hero Gautam Gambhir, today, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was officially inducted in the party in presence of senior leaders Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The 37-year-old may contest from the prestigious New Delhi constituency currently held by the party’s Meenakshi Lekhi, say sources. He is a resident of Rajinder Nagar, which falls within the constituency. Gautam Gambhir was a high-profile campaigner for Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s 2014 contest in Punjab’s Amritsar.
Gambhir officially announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on December 4, 2018. He shared a post on his official Twitter handle saying, “The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts. And with one heavy heart, I’ve decided to make an announcement that I’ve dreaded all my life”.
In an address following his induction, Gambhir attributed his decision to the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also added that he is honoured to have been given a chance to join the party.
In the recent past Gambhir has been taking a nationalist stance over a variety of issues like speaking out against civilian ill treatment of jawans in Kashmir. He had also announced in the past his decision to bear the full educational expense of Sukma martyrs’ children.