New Delhi: Former international cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined the BJP on Friday. He could be a candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha election from a seat in Delhi.
The former opener of the Indian cricket team joined the BJP in the presence of Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Gambhir’s contributions to the Indian cricket team in 2011 World Cup and 2007 T20 World Cup played crucial roles in India’s victory. He has recently been awarded the Padma Shri.
Gambhir said he was impressed with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said he would work for the betterment of the country as a member of the party.
Jaitley said the BJP would take a decision at the right time to bring Gambhir in the Lok Sabha election.
According to BJP sources, Gambhir can be made to contest from the New Delhi seat, from which Meenakshi Lekhi is currently the BJP MP. The final decision has not been taken yet, the source said, as the performance of Lekhi is said to have been satisfactory to the leadership.
Jaitley said that the seriousness of the election’s Delhi chapter has increased. The BJP will make maximum use of Gambhir’s talent, the Union minister said.
Gambhir met with party BJP president Amit Shah too.