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Sehwag declined BJP's offer to contest polls citing personal reasons: Delhi BJP leader

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former has declined the offer to contest the Lok Sabha polls on party ticket citing personal reasons, a top of its unit said.

He, however, asserted that Shewag's former teammate is "serious" regarding making a foray into and may contest the polls from

Sehwag's name was under consideration for the West seat that is currently being held by But, Sehwag refused the offer citing personal reasons, the said.

He said, "Sehwag said he was not interested in or contesting elections."

In February, there were reports that Sehwag might contest the polls on BJP ticket from Rohtak in But the former opener had posted on Twitter, "Some things never change, like this rumour. Same in 2014, and no innovation even in Rumour in 2019. Not interested then, not interested now. #BaatKhatam #5YearChallenge (sic)."

In July last year, and had met Sehwag as part of the party's 'Sampark for Samarthan' initiative, giving rise to speculations that he may join the saffron party.

The top of the Delhi unit said, "Gambhir has started attending meetings in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls. He attended one such meeting organised by a resident welfare association in Defence Colony earlier this week."

When contacted, Gambhir told PTI, "I have no clue of it. As of now, they are rumours."

After Gambhir announced his retirement from all forms of in December last year, had sent him a congratulatory letter for his contribution to the sport as well for his efforts to bring "positive difference in the lives of the lesser privileged."

"When you announced retirement from all forms of cricket, you left several well wishers of yours disappointed. However, this decision marks the start of not one but several other innings of your life," Modi had said in the letter.

After his retirement, there was speculation that Gambhir may join but he had categorically rejected it at that time.

Delhi will go to polls on May 12. BJP candidates for the seven parliamentary seats in the national capital are expected to be announced in the first week of April.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 20:45 IST