Elections LIVE Updates: Prior Election This Former Cricketer Joins BJP

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The Bharatiya Janata Party's Central Election Committee has decided the names of 100 BJP candidates for the Legislative Assembly of Odisha, while the Congress Central Election Committee has announced the seventh list of candidates for Lok Sabha and Andhra Legislative Pradesh Assembly.

In the presence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad , former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Joining the BJP just before the Lok Sabha election indicates that he can FIGHT elections from political party. However, so far the party and Gautam Gambhir have not made it clear whether he will contest the Lok Sabha elections or not.

Gautam Gambhir is one of the great players of the Indian team, he has played a lot of important innings for India in many matches. He announced his retirement from all forms of cricket officially on December 4, 2018. Sharing a post on his official Twitter handle, he said, "The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts. And with a heavy heart, I've decided to make an announcement that I’ve dreaded all my life”.

As he welcomed the former cricketer to the party, Arun Jaitley called it an important induction. "We continue to be a cadre-based party and are expanding as a mass cadre based party. We laterally induct people who have excelled in various fields. Gautam Gambhir is a Delhi boy. He was born here and has grown up here. The party will benefit from this joining," said Jaitley at the press conference.

As Arun Jaitley welcomed the former cricketer to BJP, he called it an important induction. "Wecontinue to be a cadre-based party and are expanding in the form of a large cadre based party, we later induct such people who have performed well in various fields, Gautam Gambhir is a Delhi boy. he was born here and grew up here. The party will benefit from this joining," said Jaitley at the press conference.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Gautam Gambhir was influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies. Apart from this, it is believed that former India cricketer Virender Sehwag will also join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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