Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag has refused to contest General Elections 2019 citing personal reasons. He was offered a ticket by Bhartiya Janta Party from Delhi West Lok Sabha Seat for the upcoming mega battle of ballots, a party insider claimed on the condition of anonymity.
However, Insiders claimed that Sehwag’s partner in the opening and Former Captain of IPL Team Delhi Daredevils Gautam Gambhir is likely to make a debut in active politics. He further claimed that he may contest Lok Sabha Polls on party’s ticket from any of the seats in the national Capital.
A State Functionary claimed that Sehwag’s name was under discussion for West Delhi Parliamentary, but the former opener citing personal reasons opted out and declined the offer. West Delhi Lok Sabha seat is currently represented by BJP MP Parvesh Verma.
There were reports and speculations about Sehwag’s entry into politics is on height since last few days. But the former Cricketer rubbishing all rumours 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.”
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 8, 2019
Though Sehwag has opted out of the race, party leaders claimed that his Opening Partner Gautam Gambhir has become active as the Lok Sabha Polls approaching, he has started many such meeting including one by RWA.
However, Gambhir said that he has no clue of it when asked about his entry into politics.
Speculations about him entering politics where on height ever since he announced his retirement from all formats of the game. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last year sent a congratulatory letter to the former Cricketer after he announced his retirement.
General Elections are slated for April-May this year that would spread on Seven Phases starting from April 11 to May 19. Election Commission had on Sunday declared schedule for General Elections 2019.
Delhi will vote in a single phase on May 12, the sixth phase. Results for the crucial Lok Sabha Polls will be announced on May 23 four days after the 7th phase of voting.