There were persistent rumors of former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is also the reigning BCCI President joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections. Ganguly has always been close to major political figures in the state like WB CM Mamata Banerjee and others.
However, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Dilip Ghosh has refuted all such rumors of Sourav Ganguly joining the party saying that he has no such idea or has any information of the BCCI President joining the party as it readies to fight for supremacy in the state.
There Been Any Discussions Of Sourav Ganguly Joining The BJP: Dilip Ghosh
There were media reports circulating that Sourav Ganguly, who played international cricket for India from 1996-2008, is likely to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on March 7.
The state party chief Dilip Ghosh confirmed that the core committee of the party will soon declare the names of the candidates for the first and second phase of elections in West Bengal. He also reiterated the fact that he doesn’t have any idea of Ganguly joining the party before the polls.
“I have no idea about it, nor has there been any discussion in the meeting. The core committee has discussed candidates for the first and second phase of the election here in West Bengal. It will soon declare the names,” Ghosh told reporters when asked, as reported by ANI.
West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2. West Bengal is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, Congress-Left alliance, and the BJP in the fray.
The rumors of the former India captain joining the BJP party gained weight as party spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya had said that Ganguly is welcome to attend the party meeting if his health and weather permits. There was no word from the side of the 48-year-old BCCI chief on the issue.