Gautam Gambhir claims 'IPL money' used to feed 5000 people; earns respect on social media

Gautam Gambhir earned respect on social media after claiming that he uses 'IPL money' to feed 5000 people every month.

Gautam Gambir in action for India at 2011 World Cup (Courtesy: BCCI/Twitter)
By Samrat Chakraborty | Jun 4, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Former India opener-turned-ruling party member Gautam Gambhir earned respect on social media after he claimed that he uses the Indian Premier League (IPL) money to feed 5000 people every month during a press conference on Saturday. Gambhir, the former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain, was appointed as the mentor of the debutant franchise Lucknow Super Giants ahead of the IPL 2022. Under his supervision, LSG finished at the fourth spot in their maiden season.

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Gautam Gambhir’s role as a politician

However, away from the cricket field and dug out, Gambhir serves as the acting MP (Member of Parliament) for the ruling party in India. He represents the East Delhi constituency and working closely with the citizens for their welfare and development in the area assigned to him. He has set up a kitchen in Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar where the under privileged can accommodate meals at INR 1 rupee.

During the press conference, the Indian cricket legend, said that he pays the money for the food from his own pocket through feeds 5,000 people every month through his NGO in Delhi and has also set up a library worth Rs 25 lakh (INR 2.5 million) in his constituency. He was addressing a press conference in the national capital on the ruling party’s 8 years in power in India.

“Why I commentate in IPL or work in it is because I spend INR 25 lakh (INR 2.5 million) every month to feed 5000 people. This translates to roughly 2.75 crore (INR 27.5 million) per year. I’ve also spent INR 25 lakh to build a library,” Gambhir said during the press conference. He has shared the clip of the interaction with the reporter during the press conference on his official twitter handle where he garnered praises.

“I spend all of this money from my own pocket and not from the MPLAD fund. The MPLAD fund doesn’t run my kitchen or other things that I do. I don’t have a tree in my house from where I can pluck money either. Only because I work, am I able to feed those 5000 people or establish that library. I have no shame in saying that I do commentary and work in the IPL. All of this that I do has an ultimate goal,” he added.


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