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Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP

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Former joined (BJP) on Friday in the presence of Union Ministers Jaitley and

He also met after that.

"I am joining this party (BJP) after getting influenced by PM Narendra Modi's vision. I am honoured to get the opportunity to join this platform," said

Gambhir, who was awarded PadmaShri, was instrumental in India's winning squads. The batsman played match-winning knocks in the T20 final in 2007 and 50 over in 2011.

The left-handed batsman announced his retirement in the year 2018 after completing 10,000 runs in List-A cricket.

His joining BJP comes a day after BJP released its first list of 185 candidates on Thursday for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections beginning April 11 and concluding on May 19.

The counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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First Published: Fri, March 22 2019. 14:03 IST