According to reports, Indian cricketers, MS Dhoni, and Gautam Gambhir are likely to contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Reportedly, BJP is in talks with Dhoni to convince him to contest 2019 polls from Jharkhand while Gambhir is in line to join the party and contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from his home state Delhi
As per reports, the BJP is likely to replace Meenakshi Lekhi, who is a Member of Parliament from Delhi with Gambhir.
A senior BJP leader reportedly said, “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.”
“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 senior BJP leader added.
BJP wants to encash on the popularity of both the cricketers and let them campaign for the party throughout the nation.