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If the things go as per the BJP plans, MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir will soon play on the political pitch. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in talks with Dhoni and Gambhir for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, reports say.
As per the report, the saffron party is in talks with the two cricketers in this regard. The BJP is trying to rope in the duo as their star campaigners for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The cricketers who played a vital role in the 2011 World Cup final victory may contest from their respective states.
Reports claim that Gambhir might join the BJP and contest in the nexg Lok Sabha elections from his native state. Now, the name of MS Dhoni is also doing the rounds. The former India skipper and wicket-keeper-batsman may also join the BJP. The reports say the saffron party is in talks with Dhoni to contest polls from Jharkhand.
Gambhir had last played for India in November 2016. He is currently the Delhi captain. Gambhir was in a good form as he helped them reach the final of the recently-concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018. But Gambhir and company lost the final clash against Mumbai and had to settle with a runners-up spot. He is yet to announce his retirement from cricket. His name keeps doing the rounds of joining politics with the kind of popularity and fan following he enjoys.
Reports say the Bharatiya Janata Party is in talks with MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir for 2019 Lok Sabha elections
The Sunday Guardian reported the BJP may replace a Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi with Gambhir. The report claims that party leadership is not happy with the feedback about Lekhi’s work. Thus the party may rope in Gambhir as their star campaigner for the 2019 elections.
“Reports from the ground about Meenakshi Lekhi are not good. People from her constituency are not happy with her work. The party leadership has decided that she will not be repeated this time as a candidate from New Delhi. Gautam Gambhir, in most likelihood, will be the party’s candidate from the same seat. He has wide acceptability and is known for his social work. He is a Delhiite and will do his best for the people of Delhi,” the report quoted a BJP leader.
The report further claims that the party is also in talks with Dhoni to convince him for the 2019 elections. The party wants to capitalise on the popularity of the two cricketers and let them campaign for it across the country.
“Both players have wide acceptability, respect, and credibility across the country and are regarded as leaders by all sections of society. They are not only leaders from their respective states but also leaders of the country. Dhoni is currently the captain of the Chennai Super Kings team playing at the IPL (Indian Premier League) and thus has reach and mass base even in the southern parts of India. Both these players joining the party will be an asset for us,” the BJP leader added.
It will certainly be a huge boost for the BJP to have Dhoni and Gambhir in their ranks fpr the 2019 polls. Both the cricketers have a formidable fan base and are national heroes for their achievements on the cricket pitch. Gambhir is currently playing domestic cricket for Delhi. Dhoni is still a vital cog of the Indian cricket team. He is presently plying his trade for the Virat Kohli-led side in the ongoing West Indies ODI series.