Gautam Gambhir: I have no shame in saying that I do commentary and work in the IPL

Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir minced no words for critics, who question his participation in cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL). The cricketer shared a video of him addressing the subject during a press conference, in which he can be heard saying “ho sake toh isko chaap dena”, which translates to "if possible publish this”.

In the 53-second clip available on his official Twitter account, Gambhir explains how he spends almost ₹2.75 crore towards the welfare of the people. He also mentions that he spent ₹25 lakh to build a library.

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

“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, I'm 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,” Gambhir can be heard saying in the video.

अगर ईमानदारी से पैसे कमाकर जनता के लिए मुफ़्त रसोइयां, लाइब्रेरी, स्मॉग टॉवर लगाना ग़लत है, तो मैं ये ग़लती बार बार करूंगा!

Here is the video