The rumours regarding former India skipper and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly joining BJP is going to be fuelled further after the legendary cricketer reportedly returned a piece of land that was given to him to build a school in Kolkata’s rapidly developing eastern metropolis, New Town.
With the West Bengal Assembly elections due next year, the BJP is on a quest for a credible face as the state’s chief ministerial candidate and Sourav Ganguly is reportedly leading the race for the same. Sourav Ganguly recently met West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at her office to return a two-acre land that was provided to him by the Trinamool Congress government.
“Sourav Ganguly had earlier received land from the erstwhile Left Front government to build a school but the cricket star never got hold of that piece of real estate in Salt Lake due to legal problems, a senior bureaucrat was quoted as saying by Outlook.
The news outlet also quoted sources as saying that a letter from the “Ganguly Educational And Welfare Society,” of which the former India captain is the president, had been delivered to the state government saying it wanted to return a disputed property that was given to him by the Mamata Banerjee government.
A clear indication?
Sourav Ganguly’s decision to return the land might be the biggest indication so far regarding his ambition to join politics and go against Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming elections. Banerjee had played a big role in Ganguly’s elevation as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal.
However, the BCCI chief’s decision to return the land is sending out all the wrong signals as far as his relations with Banerjee is concerned. But at the same time, the batting legend, in the past, had denied any aspirations of taking the political route in his career.
“There was no political barter in becoming BCCI president,” Sourav Ganguly had said after taking charge of the cricket board.