Ganguly turns down BJP's ticket offer

'My place is the cricket ground, not the Parliament.'

No political ambitions: GangulySourav Ganguly has reportedly turned down the Bharatiya Janta Party’s offer to give him a ticket for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP had earlier put forward the proposal to the former Indian captain to contest the polls, with the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, reportedly suggesting that the erstwhile cricketer would be appointed sports minister if it came to power.

Speaking on the sidelines of a TV shoot at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, Ganguly confirmed the party’s interest in him, but said that he was not interested.

“Yes, the BJP did make an offer. However, I have declined it. I won’t be contesting the elections,” he said.

Ganguly’s former teammate Sachin Tendulkar is currently a member of the Upper House. Ganguly denied that he had any aspirations of joining his former opening partner in Parliament.

“My place is the cricket ground, not the Parliament,” he concluded.

Bengal icon


The Bengal icon had earlier confirmed that he had indeed been offered to contest on a BJP ticket.

“Yes, I’ve an offer. But I’m still undecided on what to do. I’ve been busy for last few days… I’ll let you know soon,” he was quoted as saying in a leading Bengali daily.

Ganguly played 113 Tests for India and captained the team in the 49 of them . He also played 311 ODI matches and captained the side in 146 matches.

He had reportedly met Varun Gandhi, the BJP National General Secretary, through a common friend in the capital in mid November. Varun is also the observer for West Bengal. In the Trinamool Congress-ruled Bengal with 42 seats, BJP has a solitary presence in Darjeeling.



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