Firebrand Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has reportedly declined to accept the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) offer to contest Lok Sabha election from the West Delhi constituency. The seat is currently being held by BJP MP Parvesh Verma. Sehwag, however, has refused the offer citing personal reasons, news agency PTI reported quoting a Delhi BJP functionary. Sehwag said he was not interested in politics or contesting elections, the leader added.
This is for the third time that Sehwag has officially said ‘no’ to politics. Speculations were rife in February when reports of Sehwag’s joining politics surfaced, saying that the former Indian opening batsman may contest the polls on a BJP ticket from Rohtak in Haryana. However, he later denied the reports and 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).”
Earlier, in July last year, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari had met Sehwag as part of BJP’s ‘Sampark for Samarthan’ initiative, fueling speculations of him joining the saffron party.
Sehwag played 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20Is, in which he scored over 17000 international runs. He also picked up 136 wickets with his off-spin.
Votes for Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be cast on May 12 in Delhi. BJP is expected to announce the list of candidates for 7 Lok Sabha seats in the national capital in the first week of April.