CPM MLA claims Ganguly below strain to hitch politics, row erupts

Kolkata, January 4

CPM leader Ashok Bhattacharya has kicked up a storm saying BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly is under pressure to join politics and some people wanted to use him for political gains.

Ganguly recently suffered a mild heart attack following which he underwent angioplasty and is undergoing treatment at Woodlands Hospital.

2nd angioplasty

  • BCCI President Sourav Ganguly will have to undergo another angioplasty in a “few days or weeks” but can be discharged from hospital for now as his condition is stable, said Rupali Basu, MD, Woodlands Hospital, Kolkata, on Monday.There has been speculation about Ganguly joining the BJP ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections.

Ganguly has, however, not made his intention clear about taking the political plunge yet.

Bhattacharya, who is Ganguly’s close friend, said, “Some people want to use Ganguly politically. That probably exerted pressure on him. He is not a political element.”

“I had told him last week he should not join politics and he did not oppose my views,” Bhattacharya, who visited Ganguly at the hospital, said. — PTI

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