The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday fielded former cricketer Gautam Gambhir from East Delhi Lok Sabha seat and renominated sitting MP Minakashi Lekhi from New Delhi seat.
Earlier it was said to be that the election committee of BJP had planed to filed Gambhir from Lekhi’s constituency but she retained her seat.
The 37-year-old cricketer has replaced sitting MP Mahesh Giri.
The party has so far announced its candidates for six of the seven seats in the national capital.
Now Gambhir will will take on Arvinder Singh Lovely of the Congress and Atishi of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Lekhi is pitted against AAP’s Brajesh Goel and Ajay Maken of the Congress.
The party is yet to name its candidate for the North-west Delhi constituency.
The BJP had won all seven seats in the national capital in the last election.
The former opening batsman, who played a key role in India’s triumph in the 2011 World Cup and the 2007 T-20 World Cup, had joined the BJP in March in the presence of Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad.
He was recently conferred upon the Padma Shri award. After joining the party, Gambhir had said that he was impressed by the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will work for the country’s welfare as a member of the party.
The BJP had on Sunday fielded its four sitting MPs from Delhi — Harsh Vardhan from Chandni Chowk, Manoj Tiwari from North-east Delhi, Pravesh Verma from West Delhi and Ramesh Bidhuri from South Delhi.