Senior CPI(M) chief Ashok Bhattacharya’s assertion that BCCI president and former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, who suffered a coronary heart assault and is now hospitalised, was beneath strain to hitch politics created a storm on Sunday. Speculations have been rife that the previous batting nice will be a part of the BJP forward of the state meeting elections due in April-Could this yr. However Ganguly himself by no means made his intentions fairly clear about taking the political plunge.
He underwent angioplasty after a “gentle” coronary heart assault on Saturday. He’s beneath therapy in a personal hospital in Kolkata.
“Some individuals wished to make use of Ganguly politically. That most likely exerted strain on him. He isn’t a political factor. He ought to be often known as Sourav the sporting icon,” Bhattacharya, the BCCI presidents longtime household pal, mentioned.
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“We should always not create strain on him (for becoming a member of politics). I had advised Sourav final week he mustn’t be a part of politics and he didn’t oppose my views,” Bhattacharya who visited Ganguly on the hospital mentioned.
Reacting to the previous minister’s feedback, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh mentioned, “Some individuals see politics in all the things on account of their sick mindset. Like hundreds of thousands of his followers, we solely want that Sourav recovers absolutely.”
Senior Trinamool Congress chief and state minister Sobhandeb Chatterjee, who additionally visited the previous cricketer on the hospital, mentioned that there had by no means been any effort to induct Sourav “into our get together. We’re proud to have him because the icon of sports activities.”
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Ganguly’s former teammate and state minister Lakshmi Ratan Shukla, TMC MLA and daughter of late BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, Baishali Dalmiya, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and a number of other others additionally visited him.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday visited the hospital to investigate about his well being. Ganguly had met Dhankhar at Raj Bhavan every week again “in a courtesy go to”.