Fact Check: Don't fall for fake news suggesting Dhoni paid the price for not campaigning for BJP

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Days after former Indian skipper MS Dhoni announced retirement from international cricket, a post has surfaced on the internet claiming that Dhoni was exited from the team as he had denied campaigning for BJP during assembly polls in Jharkhand in 2019.

The text read: “झारखंड चुनाव में भाजपा का प्रचार ना करने की वजह से धोनी हुए टीम से बाहर! झारखंड चुनाव में भाजपा ने प्रचार करने को कहा था, धोनी ने मना कर दिया था। शोनी आज BCCI के खिलाड़ियों की लिस्ट में नहीं रह सकते।”
(Translation: “Dhoni out of the team because of not campaigning for BJP in Jharkhand election! BJP had asked to campaign in Jharkhand election, Dhoni refused. Dhoni cannot be in the list of BCCI players today.”)

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NewsMobile fact checked the above post and found it to be false.
We started our investigation by running a search with keywords such as ‘MS Dhoni’, ‘Campaign’, ‘BJP’, ‘Jharkhand’, ‘Elections’. The search led us to several reports dated July 2019 suggesting Dhoni ‘likely’ to be BJP’s mascot in Jharkhand assembly polls.

Another such report can be seen here.
However, there was no official word either from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or MS Dhoni himself.
Moreover, there has been no comment by MS Dhoni about him not being in the team as he did not campaign for BJP.
Hence, the above claims are baseless and false.

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