BCCI president and former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly met Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on Sunday, fuelling speculations in the poll-bound state.
Often on the warpath with the Mamata Banerjee-led state government, the Raj Bhavan under Dhankhar is described by the Trinamool Congress as the “state office of the BJP”. BJP leaders, meanwhile, admit that they have tried to rope in Ganguly on many occasions but could never succeed.
However, Ganguly said it was just a “courtesy visit”. Even the BJP denied Sunday’s meeting had any political connotations.
Talking to the media after the meeting, Ganguly said he had visited the Raj Bhavan at Dhankhar’s invitation. “I had never been to Raj Bhavan. He assumed office almost a year ago, but he has never visited Eden Gardens either. So, he wanted to talk, and if the state’s governor called, I had to go,” he added. “We only spoke about games, there was no other discussion. He wants to visit Eden Gardens, which we will arrange.”
Stating that the visit was a “courtesy call”, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya added that a formal meeting between the governor of a state and a national icon should not be looked at as a “political development”. “None of them is a political person. It is a courtesy visit,” he added.