‘Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly would soon foray into active politics and apparently a credible CM candidate.’ This has been the widely heard possibility in West Bengal ever since the charming cricketer took over the BCCI presidentship.
However, the former skipper who is fondly called as Dada turned the tables on Saturday which came as a boost to BJP cadre in the state. Sourav Ganguly reportedly returned a piece of land that was given to him to build a school in Kolkata’s rapidly developing eastern metropolis, New Town.
According to the sources, Sourav 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. Though a few claimed that the disputed land left nothing but a bundle of legal issues for the former cricketer, speculations ran high over the most awaited alliance with BJP.
Despite Ganguly denying the rumours around his political foray, BJP influence in the selection of the BCCI top-post is all but an open secret. Further, it can be noted that BJP has gained a lot of strength in West Bengal in the last two years while the party is hunt for an educated, sophisticated and articulate man to lead the party in the state.
While the cricketer already proved his mettle as an administrator at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav is no doubt the immediate answer for BJP’s quest.