New Delhi: After scripting numerous memorable wins for the Indian cricket team on the field – former Indian captain MS Dhoni and opener Gautam Gambhir are gearing up for a new beginning. As per a report in ‘The Sunday Guardian’, both Dhoni and Gambhir may contest the much-awaited 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Yes, you read it right – if the rumours are to be believed, the two Indian cricket stalwarts are in talks with a national party in the forthcoming general elections. Also Read - BJP Team Reshuffle: 'Served For 40 Years & Got Shunted Out': Bengal Leader Rahul Sinha Hints at Rebellion
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Both Dhoni and Gambhir are likely to contest elections from their respective states – Jharkhand and Delhi. It is being speculated that Gambhir may represent BJP from the New Delhi seat. Also Read - Modi's UNGA Address: India's COVID Vaccine to Help All of Humanity in Fighting Pandemic, PM Assures Global Community
The report said that the senior BJP leader is trying hard to coax the former Indian captain – Dhoni to contest from a seat in Jharkhand. The party, according to the source, believes that Dhoni’s popularity down south will also help them extend their base in the said region, especially in Tamil Nadu.
It is a well-documented fact that the 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman (Dhoni) enjoys a huge fanbase in Chennai, AIADMK-ruled state. As a captain of one of the most followed franchise in IPL – Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni’s following is simply hard to fathom.
“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,” the news daily quoted the BJP source as saying.
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“Dhoni is currently the captain of the Chennai Super Kings team playing at the IPL 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.”
On the other hand, Gambhir has often been linked to the BJP in the past for widely supporting BJP on his official social media. The fiery Indian opener is known to hold strong opinions about several national and likes to indulge in welfare work.
“Reports from the ground about Meenakshi Lekhi are not good. People from her constituency are not happy with her work and 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,” the source added.
“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.”