Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, named as the BJP candidate for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls from the vital East Delhi constituency, started his day with a prayer and pledge. The 37-year-old, known these days as one of the BJP’s big-hitters on Twitter, sat down for an elaborate puja before filing his nomination.
“My intention is right. I want to do something for the country and give back to society and whatever our PM has done in the last five years, I want to take that legacy forward,” he said, at a roadshow teeming with supporters, before filing his papers.
Mr Gambhir has replaced Maheish Girri as the BJP candidate from East Delhi, lining up a clash with Arvinder Singh Lovely of the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) star candidate Atishi. Mr Girri had defeated Aam Aadmi Party leader Rajmohan Gandhi by more than 190,400 votes to win the seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
The constituency along with six others in the capital will vote on May 12. Results are expected on May 23.