India's head coach Rahul Dravid not to attend BJP event; ex-cricketer denies "incorrect" report
New Delhi, May 10: Former Indian captain and current head coach of Indian cricket team Rahul Dravid has denied the reports which claimed that he will be attending a BJP event.
"A section of the media has reported that I will attend a meeting in Himachal Pradesh from May 12-15. I wish to clarify that the said report is incorrect," news agency ANI quoted him as saying.
BJP Dharamsala MLA Vishal Nehria had earlier claimed that the former Indian cricket captain will be attending the event organised by the BJP's Yuva Morcha's National Working Committee session in Dharamshala scheduled to be held from May 12 to 15.
The BJP leader had said that the event will have the participation of BJP president JP Nadda, other party office-bearers and Union Ministers.
"The National Working Committee of BJP Yuva Morcha will be held in Dharamshala from May 12 to 15. The national leadership of BJP and the leadership of Himachal Pradesh will be involved. BJP National President JP Nadda, National Organization Minister and Union Minister will also attend the session," said Nehria.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will be attending the three-day session which will also have the participation of as many as 139 delegates from across the country.
Nehria further stated that the presence of Dravid would send a message to the youth to excel in different fields. "Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid will also participate in this. Owing to his success, a message will be given among the youth that we can move forward not only in politics but also in other fields," he added.
The development comes at a time when Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections is going for a poll.