Sourav scotches SP ticket rumours

In a bid to put at rest speculations about his entry into politics,former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly...

Written by Nadim Siraj | Kolkata | Published: February 18, 2009 12:12:52 am

In a bid to put at rest speculations about his entry into politics,former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said he would contest from his home town if ever he takes a shot at the ballot box.

“Look,if I ever want to contest elections,I will do so from here,from my hometown. But then again,that’s not happening right now,” said Ganguly speaking shortly after steering the senior Bengal team to a win over Assam at Eden Gardens.

Ganguly’s comments came amid rumours that the 36-year-old had been offered a ticket by the SP heavyweight Amar Singh for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Feverish speculation began after a few TV channels quoted Sourav’s wife Dona as saying in Allahabad that her husband was recently offered a ticket by the SP. However,upon returning to Kolkata in the afternoon,Dona claimed she had been misquoted.

“Those are just rumours. Nothing like that happened (the reported offer from the Samajwadi Party). ” Ganguly said. “Talking about politics,I am anyway not good at politics,” he added.

Sourav’s denial comes in the wake of unconfirmed reports that the CPM too is keen on fielding him in the forthcoming polls.

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