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CPI-M not to rope in Sourav in poll campaign

"We want him to play more cricket and we don't want to field him in politics," senior leader Ashok Bhattacherjee said.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 23:59 IST
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The CPI-M on Friday said there was no plan to field former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly to campaign for the party in the forthcoming assembly elections in West Bengal.

"We want him to play more cricket and we don't want to field him in politics," senior CPI-M leader and Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Ashok Bhattacherjee said.

He rubbished reports in a section of the media that Ganguly would be fielded to campaign for CPI-M candidates for the assembly polls next month.

"This is totally incorrect, untrue and motivated," Bhattacherje, who is very close to Ganguly, said.

He said even Ganguly was confused following the report and called him up to clarify matters.

"I have told him that I have personal relations with you. We love your game. We want that you play more cricket and politics has no relation whatsoever with it."

He said a comment by CPI-M Politburo member Sitaram Yechuri was "wrongly interpreted."

The confusion apparently arose from a comment made in lighter vein by Yechuri in New Delhi during the day.

Responding to a question whether Ganguly would bat for the Left, Yechuri commented "he is a good batsman but he can bat only if there is a bowler against us. There are no bowlers."