Udayavni Special

Cricketer Virender Sehwag declined offer to contest polls in Delhi: Top BJP leader


Team Udayavani, Mar 15, 2019, 4:04 AM IST

New Delhi: Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag has declined the BJP’s offer to contest the Lok Sabha polls on party ticket citing personal reasons, a top leader of its Delhi unit said.

He, however, asserted that Shewag’s former teammate Gautam Gambhir is “serious” regarding making a foray into politics and may contest the polls from Delhi.

Sehwag’s name was under consideration for the West Delhi seat that is currently being held by BJP MP Parvesh Verma. But, the cricketer refused the offer citing personal reasons, the leader said.

He said, “Sehwag said he was not interested in politics or contesting elections.”

In February, there were reports that Sehwag might contest the polls on BJP ticket from Rohtak in Haryana. But the former India opener had posted on Twitter, “Some things never change, like this rumour. Same in 2014, and no innovation even in Rumour in 2019. Not interested then, not interested now. #BaatKhatam #5YearChallenge (sic).”

In July last year, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari had met Sehwag as part of the party’s ”Sampark for Samarthan” initiative, giving rise to speculations that he may join the BJP party.

The top leader of the BJP’s Delhi unit said, “Gambhir has started attending meetings in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls. He attended one such meeting organised by a resident welfare association in Defence Colony earlier this week.”

When contacted, Gambhir told PTI, “I have no clue of it. As of now, they are rumours.”

After Gambhir announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in December last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sent him a congratulatory letter for his contribution to the sport as well for his efforts to bring “positive difference in the lives of the lesser privileged.”

“When you announced retirement from all forms of cricket, you left several well-wishers of yours disappointed. However, this decision marks the start of not one but several other innings of your life,” PM Modi had said in the letter.

After his retirement, there was speculation that Gautam Gambhir may join politics but he had categorically rejected it at that time.

Delhi will go to polls on May 12. BJP candidates for the seven parliamentary seats in the national capital are expected to be announced in the first week of April.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Karnataka Covid-19 update: 775 new cases, 9 deaths in the last 24 hours

Kohli goes past 10,000 runs in T20 cricket

7th plea made to Mathura court for removal of mosque near Lord Krishna birthplace

Jadeja cameo helps Chennai Super Kings beat KKR by two-wickets

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi inducts 15 ministers including 7 new faces

Farmers plan road blockades in Bengaluru tomorrow amid Bharat Bandh

Ministers in Amarinder Singh govt question decision to ‘drop’ them

Related Articles More

Judicial appointment of women at senior levels can shift gender stereotypes: Justice Nagarathna

7th plea made to Mathura court for removal of mosque near Lord Krishna birthplace

RSS-linked weekly terms Amazon as ‘East India Company 2.0’

BJP has cheated sugarcane farmers in UP: Priyanka

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi inducts 15 ministers including 7 new faces

MUST WATCH

Higher Education minister Dr Ashwath Narayan and family visited Kamalashile Temple

Y Narayan Naik | Success Story in Lemon Farming | Agriculture Business Ideas

CS Puttaraju at pandavapura

New Education Policy its a need for society : Minister Dr. Ashwathnarayan C. N

Students participated in procession


Latest Additions

Karnataka Covid-19 update: 775 new cases, 9 deaths in the last 24 hours

Judicial appointment of women at senior levels can shift gender stereotypes: Justice Nagarathna

Kohli goes past 10,000 runs in T20 cricket

It is enjoyable when you don’t do so well and still win: Dhoni

7th plea made to Mathura court for removal of mosque near Lord Krishna birthplace

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.