Ex-cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP , says ‘Impressed by PM Modi’s vision’

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has joined BJP

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has joined BJP

In December 2015, he was suspended from the BJP for accusing Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged irregularities and corruption in Delhi's cricket body Delhi and District Cricket Association. "I am honoured to get the opportunity to join this platform", Gambhir said.

Navjot Singh Sidhu: The former Indian opener started his political career by contesting the Lok Sabha elections in 2004 on a BJP ticket.

Mr. Gambhir said he was impressed by the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will work for the country's welfare as a member of the party. There is speculation that Gambhir will be given a seat to contest from.

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As former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined the BJP today, he was praised by Union Minister Arun Jaitley for not being among the players who "seemed to have turned sympathisers of Pakistan". Jaitley, who described Gambhir's joining as an "important induction" into BJP, said the party would decide whether to field him in the LS polls at an appropriate time.

"If I foray into politics, people shouldn't vote for me because I have played cricket for the country".

Many former Indian cricketers have joined politics with varying success.

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He also led Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders to two titles. In the 2009 general election, he again won from the same seat but he was not nominated from the seat in 2014 general election.

Gautam Gambhir was conferred the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting award, in 2008 by the President of India.

Gambhir is the only Indian and one of four worldwide cricketers to have scored hundreds in five consecutive Test matches. Post retirement from global cricket, he has been engaged in commentary during important matches.

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