BJP fields former cricketer Gautam Gambhir from East Delhi, senior leader Meenakshi Lekhi from New Delhi

Former cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir will contest from East Delhi, while Meenakshi Lekhi will fight from New Delhi parliamentary constituencies, the BJP announced on Monday. Gambhir had joined the saffron party last month saying that he was impressed by the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will work for the country’s welfare as a member of the party.

BJP has released its second list of candidates for the national capital on Monday. Besides Gambhir, senior leader Meenakshi Lekhi has been nominated from the New Delhi parliamentary constituency. Gambhir is pitted against AAP candidate Atishi and Congress’ Arvind Singh Lovely, while Lekhi is up against AAP’s Brijesh Goyal and Congress’ Ajay Maken. Gambhir, a Padma Shri awardee, had joined the BJP on March 22 in the presence of Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad. Inducting the former cricketer into the party, Jaitley had said that Gambhir has excelled in his career and the party will benefit from his talent.

On Sunday, BJP had released its first list of candidates, retaining four sitting MPs from Delhi. Science and Technology Minister Harshvardhan has been fielded from Chandni Chowk, Manoj Tiwari from North East Delhi, and Pravesh Verma and Ramesh Bidhur from West Delhi and South Delhi respectively. Of the seven parliamentary seats in Delhi, BJP has so far announced candidates for six seats. It is yet to announce a candidate from North West Delhi seat. In the last election, the BJP had won all seven seats in the national capital. 

In the 2014 general elections, BJP’s Mahesh Giri had defeated AAP’s Rajmohan Gandhi by a margin of 1,90,463 votes from East Delhi. Lekhi, on the other hand, had defeated Congress’Ajay Maken by a margin of 1,62,708 votes from the New Delhi constituency.

Delhi will go to polls on May 12 for the seven Lok Sabha seats, while counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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