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Dhoni likely to contest in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, says report

  • Published at 11:05 am October 23rd, 2018
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While Gambhir’s name has been linked with the BJP for a while, Dhoni’s name has come as a surprise. According to the media, BJP is in talks with Dhoni to contest polls from Jharkhand.

India’s heroes of the 2011 Indian Cricket World Cup final – Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni – are being lined with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and there are rumours that they might contest in next year’s Lok Sabha elections on BJP ticket.

While Gambhir’s name has been linked with the BJP for a while, Dhoni’s name has come as a surprise. According to the media, BJP is in talks with Dhoni to contest polls from Jharkhand.

As per a report in The Sunday Guardian, the BJP is likely to replace Meenakshi Lekhi, who is a Member of Parliament from Delhi with Gambhir. Apparently, the party insiders are not happy have not received any positive feedback about Lekhi's work and they have suggested to replace her with the Delhi batsman 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 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. 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," a senior BJP leader was quoted as saying by the Sunday Guardian.

The same report also suggested that BJP are keen on bringing Dhoni on the board as soon as possible with an aim that the two cricketers will campaign for them across the nation, considering their popularity among the citizens of this cricket-crazy 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, quoted earlier, added.