Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni may join the BJP soon after announcing his retirement and play a key role in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s team. Speculations over Dhoni becoming the third Indian cricketer in the recent times to join the BJP gained momentum after a senior BJP leader sensationally revealed that his party was in discussions with him to facilitate his entry into the saffron party.
Former union minister Sanjay Paswan told news agency IANS that Dhoni could join the party and there had already been a discussion on the issue for long. “On this issue, there has been a discussion for long, although this decision will be taken only after his retirement,” he told the news agency.
According to Paswan, Dhoni is his friend adding that ‘he is a player of world fame and there have been discussions on bringing him into the party.’
Dhoni was seen crying during India’s semi-final defeat against New Zealand. He had played a knock of 50 runs but was unlucky to have got himself run-out, thanks to a brilliant throw by Martin Guptill.
Dhoni has faced severe criticism during this year’s World Cup for his inability to play aggressive innings particularly during the India-England match. India had lost that match at the Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham.
Dhoni; who originally hails from Jharkhand is the only Indian captain to have led India to win the World Cup in both 20 and 50 overs formats.
Jharkhand is scheduled to go for assembly polls later this year. It’s not clear if the BJP leadership is keen for him to contest the polls this year.
Interestingly, BJP President Amit Shah has met Dhoni as part of ‘Sampark for Samarthan’ campaign just before the Long k Sabha polls.
Earlier, Gautam Gambhir and Ravindra Jadeja formally joined the BJP with the former even winning this year’s Lok Sabha polls for an MP seat in Delhi.