Sameer Wankhede opens up about reports of him fighting Lok Sabha polls | Exclusive


Sameer Wankhede, the 2008 Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer who hit headlines over his involvement in the Aryan Khan drugs case, has spoken about a report which claimed that he could make his political debut soon and join the BJP.

In an exclusive interview with India Today’s sister channel Lallantop, Wankhede was asked about the February 20 report in The Hindustan Times and whether he would be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Washim district in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region, from where he hails.

In response, Sameer Wankhede neither accepted nor denied the report.

“I cannot answer this. Who knows what will happen tomorrow?” said Wankhede.

“I have not thought about it. I am currently posted in Chennai as an Additional Commissioner in the Department of Revenue. If in future I decide (to take a plunge in politics), I will be open about it,” he added.

Watch the full interview here

The speculations about Wankhede’s political innings gained steam after pictures of him and his wife Kranti Redkar surfaced doing charity work in Washim.

Sameer Wankhede said he has been doing charity work from a very young age. “I believe in serving the nation in whichever way possible and that is what I am doing. Regarding future (joining politics), I cannot speak anything at this moment,” he said.

In the same interview, Wankhede accepted that he was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom he called the “real hero”.

“I prefer to talk about real heroes like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,” he said in response to a question on which hero’s films he likes to watch.

Published By:

Rishabh Sharma

Published On:

Feb 29, 2024



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