Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday denied that he had any role in the appointment of former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly as the new BCCI president. In a conversation with a television channel, Shah said that there was no deal with Ganguly for the post of BCCI president. Ganguly was reported as becoming the next BCCI president by news several websites last night.
Shah said, “It was not I who decided who would be the next president of BCCI.”
Issuing a clarification on his meeting with the former cricketer recently, the home minister said, “He can come to see me. I have been associated with cricket for a long time. There is no problem meeting with Sourav Ganguly.”
No deal with Ganguly: Shah
When asked if there was an agreement between the most popular sportsperson from Bengal and him and whether the former cricketer would be the face of the BJP in the 2021 state Assembly election after becoming the BCCI president as of now, Shah said that there was neither a deal of this kind nor has there been any negotiation to that end. “Wrong things are being said about Sourav Ganguly,” the minister remarked.
Ganguly is already the head of the Cricket Association of Bengal for a second term.
On whether BJP wanted to present Ganguly as its mascot in Bengal, Shah said, “We do not need a face in Bengal. We have won 18 seats without any face in Bengal while losing some seats here and there.”
The BJP president added, “This does not mean that we are not looking for any face, but we can win elections without one.”
On the question whether the former cricketer would join the BJP, Shah said, “If he does, he is most welcome. If he does, it will be good, but no such deal has been struck. We never discussed this.”
The president of the ruling party said, “I want to tell every citizen of the country that the BJP is a good party and I am doing my job.”