Cricketer Virender Sehwag denied offer to contest polls in Delhi: Top BJP Leader

Top leader of its Delhi unit revealed that, Former dashing Indian opener Virender Sehwag has declined the BJP’s offer to contest the Lok Sabha polls on party ticket citing personal reasons.

Mr 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 Mr 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 Mr 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, Mr Gambhir told leading news agency, “I have no clue of it. As of now, they are rumours.”

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