TMC says ‘vendetta’ against Sourav, BJP claims it slanders him

India’s 1983 World Cup hero Roger Binny looks set to become the new President of the Cricket Board as incumbent Sourav Ganguly, who held the position for three years, is expected to make way for him.

Given that cricket and politics are virtually inseparable in India, and also given numerous rumors over the years that Ganguly was “changing turf” and likely to join the BJP, there were reactions from parties in West Bengal to the Developments.

The former Indian captain has not commented on the issue.

That Sourav Ganguly became BCCI President in 2019 came as a bit of a surprise to many. Tuesday’s developments drew similar reactions.

Veteran Trinamool Congressman Saugata Roy said: “This is bad. He had to leave this post because he didn’t go into politics? Is that the reason?”

The party’s Rajya Sabha member, Dr. Santanu Sen, used Twitter to express his feelings.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party stunned the TMC and many pundits by bagging 18 of Bengal’s 42 seats. The saffron outfit then did everything they could, albeit unsuccessfully, to secure a victory in the 2021 general election.

Ganguly became BCCI President in 2019 and after that there were rumors in Bengal that “Dada (Sourav) would join the BJP and take on Didi (TMC boss Mamata Banerjee)”.

However, Sourav was hospitalized with a heart condition shortly before the parliamentary elections.

There was no confirmation as to whether he had been approached by the BJP to take the political plunge.

In May this year, Ganguly hosted Interior Minister Amit Shah and other BJP leaders at his home, reigniting rumors.

BJP Bengal spokesman Samik Bhattacharya said: “To draw Sourav into such a political game slanders him. The TMC does that.”

Maharaj, as Ganguly is known in Bengal, took the stage alongside Mamata Banerjee at a recent provincial government rally to thank UNESCO for giving the Durga Puja festival a heritage day.

His wife Dona Ganguly’s dance group also performed at a carnival after Durga Puja in the state this year.

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