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 underneath stress to affix politics created a storm on Sunday.
Speculations had been rife that the previous batting nice will be 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 underneath remedy in a personal hospital in Kolkata.
“Some folks needed to make use of Ganguly politically. That most likely exerted stress on him. He isn’t a political ingredient. He needs to be referred to as Sourav the sporting icon,” Bhattacharya, the BCCI presidents longtime household buddy, stated.
“We must always not create stress on him (for becoming a member of politics). I had informed Sourav final week he shouldn’t be part of politics and he didn’t oppose my views,” Bhattacharya who visited Ganguly on the hospital stated.
Reacting to the previous minister’s feedback, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh stated, “Some folks see politics in all the things because of their sick mindset. Like hundreds of thousands of his followers, we solely want that Sourav recovers totally.”
Senior Trinamool Congress chief and state minister Sobhandeb Chatterjee, who additionally visited the previous cricketer on the hospital, stated that there had by no means been any effort to induct Sourav “into our occasion. We’re proud to have him because the icon of sports activities.” 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 per week again “in a courtesy go to”.