Amid growing speculation about beginning a new innings in politics, former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who has been made an offer by the BJP to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, on Tuesday said he would not comment ‘anything on politics’.
Told that there seemed to be a scramble among political parties to rope him to contest the Lok Sabha polls with even a proposal to make him the future sports minister which was similar to efforts made to get cricketers into the IPL, he said “I hope that in future I will be able to participate in IPL. What I have said is that I don’t want to make any comment on politics. This is not the platform to discuss politics,” he said.
He also declined to comment on CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechuri claiming in Agartala on Sunday that he had always been with the Left and hoped that he would remain so.
“I have said earlier and I am saying it now that I have no comment. I want to talk only on the South Africa-India cricket series,” he said.
While the BJP has offered him a ticket, WBPCC President Pradip Bhattacharya had met him at his residence on Sunday. Bhattacharya had maintained that it was a courtesy call.
Ganguly had earlier said that he had received the offer from the BJP, but had not decided on anything.