Gambhir prevails in first attempt, but no luck for Vijender, Krishna

NEW DELHI: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir tasted political success in his first attempt by emerging victorious from East Delhi but there was no luck for Olympic medallist Vijender Singh even as Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore prevailed in the battle of Olympians in Jaipur Rural.

Contesting on a BJP ticket, Gambhir — a member of the 2011 World Cup winning team — secured close to seven lakh votes to easily defeat seasoned politician Arvinder Singh ‘Lovely’ from Congress and AAP’s Atishi Marlena, who has been credited of  transforming Delhi’s health and education sector.

Congratulatory messages poured in for 37-year-old Gambhir from fellow cricketers on social media.

His former teamates Suresh Raina and VVS Laxman took lead by congratulating him on micro-blogging site Twitter.

“Many Congratulations @GautamGambhir on your victory. Wish you well always. May you serve people well,” tweeted Laxman.

“Congratulations @GautamGambhir brother,” wrote Raina. (AGENCIES)