Amid the controversy over his two voter IDs in Delhi, newly-inducted BJP leader Gautam Gambhir has given the credit to his political plunge to AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. In an interview to a news publication, the cricketer-turned-politician, who is all set to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from East Delhi Parliamentary constituency, has stated that "credit goes to Arvind Kejriwal for my political plunge.
Even before joining the BJP, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir has been quite critical of the functioning of the AAP government. From Delhi pollution to taking a dig at the demand for full statehood for Delhi, Gautam Gambhir has been showing the mirror to Arvind Kejriwal-led government in the national capital.
After joining BJP, Gambhir launched a scathing attack at the Delhi CM, saying that he has no vision for the state and the country.
"See, he has no vision for the state and for the country. First, he criticizes the party, then says sorry to them. Now, at this time, he is out of apologies. We have been seeing how he is trying to join hands with that party, which he used to criticise and call corrupt before. He is contesting the election only to defeat Modi and Amit Shah. This vision is not going to work for the nation. This country has gone way ahead of negative politics," Gambhir said speaking to reporters earlier.
Replacing Maheish Giri, BJP gave the ticket to Gautam Gambhir, few days after he joined the party, to contest the election from East Delhi constituency. He is set to take on Arvinder Singh Lovely of the Congress and Atishi Marlena of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). There has been a war of words between Gambhir and AAP's Atishi, who is alleging that the former cricketer possess two voter IDs in the national capital and demanding his nomination to be cancelled.
Delhi will see polling in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the Phase 6 on May 12. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.