Gautam Gambhir gives befitting reply when asked why he works in IPL despite being an MP

Gautam Gambhir works in the IPL despite being an elected MP

Gautam Gambhir works in the IPL despite being an elected MP | IPL-BCCI/PTI photo

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  • Gautam Gambhir is an MP from the East Delhi constituency and also a coach at IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants.
  • He runs a kitchen for poor people, where he gets food for only Re. 1.
  • Gambhir claims that he finances the public kitchen and other projects entirely out of his own pocket.
Gautam Gambhir, one of the best Indian cricketers of his generation, entered politics after hanging up his cricket shoes. However, Gambhir continues to work in cricket, be it as a commentator or mentor for Indian Premier League franchises. When questioned about his IPL and comment, despite being an acting MP, Gambhir gave an appropriate response.
Gambhir is a Bhartiya Janata Party MP for the East Delhi constituency. A politician, the former Indian cricketer has set up a kitchen in Gandhi Nagar called ‘Jan Rasoi’ which provides a meal for Rs. 1. He also set up a library in the area.

Aside from his job as a Member of Parliament, Gambhir somehow remains associated with the Gentleman’s Game. During a media conference on BJP’s 8 years in power, Gambhir was asked about his association with IPL franchises and commentary roles. The cricketer turned politician explained that he must take up those jobs in order to continue the welfare work he does for the poor.

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“Why I comment in IPL or work in it is because I spend INR 25 lakh every month to feed 5000 people. This translates to about Rs. 2.75 crore per year. I also spent INR 25 lakh to feed a ​build a library.

“I am giving all this money out of my own pocket and not from the MPLAD fund. The MPLAD fund does not manage my kitchen or other things I do. I don’t have a tree in my house from which to pick money.

“Just because I work can I feed those 5000 people or start that library. I am not ashamed to say that I comment and work in the IPL. All this I do has an ultimate purpose,” he explained at the media conference.

Gambhir actively worked in the IPL 2022 season where he was one of the coaches in the Lucknow Super Giants franchise. Under Gambhir’s supervision, LSG reached the play-offs in their first attempt.

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