Passage BCCI by Sourav Ganguly: a political issue between Bengal BJP and TMC

Cricketing legend and former Indian men’s cricket captain Sourav Ganguly’s tenure as Chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will most likely end on October 18 at the upcoming AGM. Ganguly will most likely be replaced by Roger Binny, a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad.

Several reports said that Sourav had expressed his willingness to continue as BCCI chairman for a second term, which was rejected. He had reached Mumbai on Monday to hold a meeting with several stakeholders. He was told, however, that there was no precedent for giving a second term to the chairman of the board.

TMC accuses the BJP

West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress party was quick to comment on the situation. They claimed that while Union Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah will continue to remain as the BCCI Treasurer for a second term, the BJP has abandoned the ‘Dada’ or ‘Maharaja’ of Indian cricket fans. because he didn’t join the saffron party.

It should be noted here that Sourav Ganguly continued as president of BCCI for three terms. He was appointed to this position in 2019, just before the next National Assembly elections in 2021.

Sourav Ganguly was targeted for refusing to join the BJP ahead of West Bengal Assembly elections held last year, according to TMC.

Santanu Sen of the Trinamool Congress said it was an example of a political vendetta that Amit Shah’s son can be retained as BCCI secretary but Sourav Ganguly cannot. “Is it because he is from Mamata Banerjee state or he did not join the BJP? We are with you Dada!” tweeted the Rajya Sabha MP.

Trinamool spokesman Kunal Ghosh said: “Since the BJP launched such propaganda during and after the elections, it will surely be the responsibility of the BJP to respond to such speculation (that the policy is behind Ganguly who did not get a second term as BCCI leader). It seems that the BJP is trying to humiliate Sourav,” he said. Ghosh was referring to Amit Shah visiting Ganguly’s residence in Behala, Kolkata for dinner in May this year.

“I think Sourav is the best person to explain the situation. If he has a political interpretation of the situation, I don’t know how much he can articulate,” Kunal Ghosh said.

BJP strikes back at TMC

The BJP dismissed the speculation as groundless and said the party never attempted to induct Sourav Ganguly. “We don’t know when the BJP tried to induct Sourav Ganguly into the party. Sourav Ganguly is a cricketing legend. Some people are now shedding crocodile tears over the changes in the BCCI. Did they play a role when he took over as chairman of BCCI?? The TMC should stop politicizing every issue,” Dilip Ghosh said.

Sourav off BCCI

Sourav Ganguly has been offered the post of President of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as current chief Brijesh Patel is due to turn 70 in November this year. He, however, rejected it and said “he cannot agree to become head of a BCCI sub-committee after leading the same institution”.

This means that the 39th chairman of the BCCI will soon become a former holder of the designation and is unlikely to be the cricket board’s choice for the position of chairman of the ICC. The BCCI election next Tuesday should be a formality since none of the official positions had more than one nomination on the first day of the filing of the documents.

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