KOLKATA: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee described former Indian captain and BCCI president-designate Sourav Ganguly as Bengal’s “own boy” after Ganguly’s meeting with Amit Shah set off a buzz over his joining politics. The former cricketer met the Union home minister hours before he filed nomination for the plum post.“Sourav is our own boy. We are in touch. We messaged each other even yesterday. Sourav came to see me before the Puja. I will also have a talk with him later,” the CM said on Wednesday.Ganguly had set to rest speculation over his proximity to Shah soon after reaching Kolkata the day before — on Tuesday.“I met him (Amit Shah) for the first time and neither did I ask him to influence my candidature as president nor did he say something about a quid pro quo in case I got the position. There’s absolutely no political connection here,” Ganguly had said.On Wednesday, the chief minister was very much confident about Ganguly and held that he has made the state proud.
“There are many things that make every Bengali feel proud. While Mother Teresa, Amartya Sen and Abhijit Banerjee from Bengal were awarded the Nobel Prize, Sourav Ganguly is set to become the BCCI president after Jagmohan Dalmiya from Bengal,” Banerjee said, after she sent her congratulatory message to Ganguly: “Looking forward to a great new innings.” The chief minister has reasons to believe that Sourav will keep up his Dadagiri with Amit Shah’s son Jay, who is set to be the new BCCI secretary, and Arun Dhumal, the treasurer. Dhumal happens to be the younger brother of minister of state for finance and former BCCI president Anurag Thakur.