The choice to step back from politics coincides with speculation suggesting that Gautam Gambhir might not be nominated for the forthcoming 2024 elections.

In an unexpected twist, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Gautam Gambhir has revealed his decision to step back from active politics. The former cricketer, known for representing East Delhi, shared the news via Twitter, addressing his followers and supporters. He expressed his eagerness to refocus on his cricket commitments, emphasizing his deep-rooted passion for the sport that preceded his venture into politics.

“I have requested Hon’ble Party President JP Nadda ji to relieve me of my political duties so that I can focus on my upcoming cricket commitments. I sincerely thank Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi for giving me the opportunity to serve the people. Jai Hind,” Mr. Gambhir wrote.

Gambhir’s move to exit politics comes amidst swirling speculations suggesting he might not secure a ticket for the upcoming 2024 polls.

The BJP is gearing up to unveil its initial list of candidates, which will feature prominent figures like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The party recently held exhaustive overnight meetings in Delhi, including a session led by the Prime Minister at his residence, starting at 11 pm Thursday and concluding at 4 am Friday.

Gambhir joined the BJP in March 2019 and quickly became a recognizable figure for the party in Delhi. He clinched victory in the East Delhi constituency during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections by a significant margin of 6,95,109 votes.

A pivotal member of the Indian cricket team, Gambhir played integral roles in securing the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 victories. Across 242 matches for India, he amassed 10,324 runs at an average of 38.95, registering 20 centuries and 63 half-centuries.

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