Gautam Gambhir joins BJP, says PM Modi’s vision inspired him

Gautam Gambhir joins BJP in presence of Arun Jaitley & Ravi Shankar Prasad

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". While addressing a press conference he said he was "impressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision".

"I've done whatever I could in cricket, and this is a fabulous platform for me to do something really good for this country and take this party forward and make this country a better place to live". "I have been impressed with PM Modi's leadership and that is why I made a decision to join the party".

The BJP did not declare the constituency from where Gambhir will contest but informed sources said he may contest from the New Delhi constituency now held by BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi.

It is expected that the former India opener will join BJP as he was a high-profile campaigner for Finance minister Arun Jaitley when he contested from Amritsar in the 2014 National polls, in which he was defeated by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh of Indian National Congress. "We continue to be a cadre-based party and are expanding as a mass cadre based party". Jaitley noted that Gambhir grew up and studied in Delhi, highlighting his link with the city.

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday.

He also led Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders to two titles.

He was recently conferred upon the Padma Shri award.

Gambhir is the only Indian and one of four global cricketers to have scored hundreds in five consecutive Test matches.

In December 2018, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

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