Former Indian captain and the current President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI], Sourav Ganguly, recently sparked speculations of him joining the country’s ruling party- Bharatiya Janta Party [BJP]- after he paid a visit to the Governor of Bengal.
With just months to go before West Bengal goes to the polls, there are widespread rumors that the ‘Prince of Kolkata’ might join the Narendra Modi-led BJP.
Ganguly was recently in Delhi to attend a function where Union Home Minister and the former president of the Bharatiya Janta Party Amit Shah unveiled the statue of former Union Finance Minister, Late Shri Arun Jaitely.
But the former Indian captain seems to have poured cold water on the speculations. Reacting to media’s query as to whether he is entering the political arena, the BCCI President said-
“If the Governor wants to meet you, you have to meet him. So let us keep it like that.”
If the Governor wants to meet you, you have to meet him. So let us keep it like that: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on being asked if he or anyone from his family would join BJP pic.twitter.com/C6VKs4mbX2
— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2020
Sourav Ganguly is currently serving as the president of the apex cricketing body in the country. The former left-handed batsman was unanimously elected last year and his stint was about to end in July 2020.
However, the BCCI approached the Supreme Court with a petition to amend some of the Lodha Committee reforms, including the one that mandates any office bearer to go into a three-year cooling-off period after he has served two successive three-years posts in Indian cricket administration. However, the apex court is yet to pass its judgment on the same.
Sourav Ganguly has had a largely successful stint as BCCI president thus far. Under his leadership, the BCCI was able to conduct the Indian Premier League albeit in the bio-secure environment of the United Arab Emirates after the global contagion that is the coronavirus had threatened to put it in cold water at least for the entirety of 2020.
The 13th season of the IPL turned out to be a huge success, earning the BCCI over Rs 4000 crores.