Yuvraj meets Shah, sets off campaigning role buzz

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2014 08:33 IST

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh on Friday met BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi, triggering speculation that he may campaign for the party in Haryana, which goes to polls on October 15.

Yuvraj, who lives in Chandigarh, has a considerable fan following in Haryana and Punjab.

“He will be appealing to voters to elect a government that can ensure development of the state,” a BJP leader said after the brief meeting between Yuvraj and Shah.

The cricketer’s sports manager Nishant Jeet Arora, however, dismissed any such speculation.

Yuvraj’s official handle retweeted Arora.

@YOUWECAN is a cancer initiative by the southpaw.

The BJP is trying to make inroads into the Jat heartland of Haryana this time, in an attempt to challenge chief minister and Congress’ Jat strongman Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who is fighting rising anti-incumbency and infighting within his party.

In the last assembly polls in 2009, the Congress had won around 20 of the 35 assembly seats that are dominated by the Jat community.

The saffron party — seen largely as party of non-Jats — stole a march over its rival by announcing candidates for 43 out of 90 assembly seats on Tuesday night, even before the polls were announced.

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