Captain of the World Cup-winning Indian cricket team MS Dhoni could replace former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly in the poll campaign in West Bengal. The Election Commission of India (ECI) is yet to decide on using a promotional video featuring Ganguly for the coming state polls. In such a circumstance, the state chief electoral officer is considering using audio-visual promos by Dhoni and former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
The awareness videos featuring Dhoni and Kalam were used during the recent Bihar and Jharkhand elections as part of the Election Commission’s campaign to motivate electors to vote.
"The Election Commission office in Bihar has shared the promos by Dhoni and Kalam with us. We're thinking of using them in case we don't get clearance for Ganguly to campaign," joint chief electoral officer Dibyendu Sarkar said on Monday. Sarkar added that Sourav was also keen to know the fate of his promotional video, which had been kept on hold until further orders from the ECI.
Ganguly's promo ran into trouble after the Trinamool Congress lodged a complaint that the former India captain was politically affiliated to the ruling CPI(M) and was a brand ambassador of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation.
The office of the state's chief electoral officer had, however, given the green light to the promo, saying that the ECI would take the final decision.