Ever since the news of Sourav Ganguly becoming the next BCCI president came out, there have been murmurs of political involvement. The way the things panned out, many speculated that ruling party BJP is the main force behind making Sourav Ganguly the BCCI president. A day before the news broke out, Ganguly had attended an informal meeting with Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi.
However, the legendary cricketer, on Tuesday, said there was no political development in his meeting with Amit Shah. Sourav Ganguly returned to Kolkata on Tuesday after filing his nomination for the upcoming BCCI elections. He was addressing a press conference in Kolkata and spoke on the rumours.
“I met Amit Shah for the first time ever. Neither did I ask a question on BCCI, whether I was going to get a post or not, nor any discussion of ‘you will only get this if you agree to that’ happened. There is no political development. I’ve heard these political questions before too when I met Mamata didi, the chief minister of West Bengal,” said Sourav Ganguly.
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Earlier, Amit Shah had also denied there was any deal with the former Indian captain over BCCI presidentship.
“I did not decide who will be BCCI President. BCCI has its own election process for it. He can come see me. I have been associated with cricket for years. There is no harm in Sourav Ganguly meeting me,” Shah told India Today.
Ganguly, who is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal, pipped former BCCI president N Srinivasan’s nominee, Karnataka association’s Brijesh Patel, to the top post. He will serve as the BCCI president only for ten months before going on a mandatory cooling off period. Ganguly has been the president of CAB since 2014.