Former international cricketer Gautam Gambhir had officially retired from cricket on 3rd December 2018 and officially entered the Political world on 22nd March 2019. He joined BJP on Friday and is expected to be fielded in the Lok Sabha polls from one of the seats in Delhi.
The 37-year-old joined the party in the presence of Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad. Gambhir is the recipient of the Padma Shri award. He played a key role in India's triumph in the 2011 World Cup and the 2007 T-20 World Cup.
Gambhir said he was impressed by the vision of PM Narendra Modi and will work for the country's welfare as a member of the party.
He took to Twitter to announce his induction in BJP:
I have joined @BJP4India to serve the country with the right intent and honesty. I hope through this I can make some meaningful difference to the lives of my people.
Jaitley described Gambhir's joining as an "important induction" into the BJP, while also clearing out that the party will take a call at an appropriate time whether to field him in the Lok Sabha polls.
Meanwhile, according to a few sources, Gambhir may be fielded from the New Delhi constituency, which is currently being represented by the party's Meenakshi Lekhi.
Jaitley also pointed out that Gambhir grew up and studied in Delhi highlighting his link with the city, and added that the party will utilize his talent to the optimum.