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After Dinner With Amit Shah, Sourav Ganguly Talks Of Shut Ties With Mamata Banerjee

Amit Shah visited Sourav Ganguly’s residence on Friday.


A day after Union Residence Minister Amit Shah paid a go to to his residence and had dinner together with his household, which grabbed consideration, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly Saturday spoke of his shut relation with Chief Minister, who is understood to be a strident critic of the BJP.

Mr Ganguly, former Indian cricket staff captain, additionally showered reward on minister and metropolis mayor Firhad Hakim describing him as an individual who may be approached by anybody at any time of the day.

“Our honourable Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is a person very close to me. I had approached her to help up this institute,” he mentioned on the inauguration programme of a non-public hospital right here.

The previous southpaw mentioned, “I am also very close to Firhad Hakim. He has been seeing me since I was in Class 1. He has been our family friend. All who approach him get help. I too have called him several times,” Mr Ganguly mentioned.

Mr Shah’s go to to Mr Ganguly’s residence on Friday had fuelled hypothesis that the previous cricketer would be a part of politics quickly. The dinner was reported to be an in depth household affair the place moreover Mr Ganguly and his spouse danseuse Dona Ganguly, the cricketer’s elder brother Snehasish Ganguly and different relations had been hosts.

Mr Shah was accompanied by BJP idealogue, Swapan Dasgupta, the occasion’s state president Sukanta Majumdar and the Chief of Opposition in West Bengal meeting, Suvendu Adhikari.

Conscious of the conjectures, Mr Ganguly had mentioned on Friday, “Many speculations are rife… but I have known him (Shah) since 2008. While playing, I used to meet him. There’s nothing more than that”.

He had additionally identified he had labored with Shah’s son, Jay Amitbhai Shah, within the Board of Management for Cricket in India. Jay Shah is the BCCI secretary.

Dona Ganguly had mentioned there was no dialogue on politics throughout Shah’s go to to the Ganguly residence. “It is human to speculate. But if there is any news, everyone will know.” She had additionally mentioned, “I don’t know whether Sourav will enter politics or not. But he will do well if he joins politics. I believe he will do good work for the people”.

Mr Ganguly had visited the state secretariat on April 28 and met Banerjee concerning allocation of land to the Cricket Affiliation of Bengal (CAB), of which he’s the president, to construct a stadium.

Political analyst Biswajit Chakraborty described Ganguly as a “businessman” who’s making an attempt to take care of good phrases with the central and state governments in order that his enterprise runs easily.

“Ganguly is doing this for his own benefit. He knows that he has to keep both the Centre and Mamata Banerjee happy so that his business keeps running. He has been balancing quite nicely,” Chakraborty informed PTI.

One other analyst known as Mr Ganguly a “perfect gentleman” who was doing a “balancing act”.

“Ganguly is an immensely intelligent man. I guess Shah had come to his residence yesterday to evaluate how much Ganguly is ready to plunge into politics. And today, he (Ganguly) spoke about his closeness to the CM. Though I do not see any significance in it, I think he is doing it because he has to survive both nationally as well as in the state,” he added.

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