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Ganguly fans withdraw bandh call

Following an appeal made by Ganguly to his fans, the Maidan Sports Welfare Association on Sunday withdrew its call for a statewide bandh on Dec 20.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2005 10:19 IST

Following an appeal made by Sourav Ganguly to his fans, the Maidan Sports Welfare Associationon Sundaywithdrew its call for a statewide bandh on December 20 to protest his ouster from the Test squad.

The non-political organisation, which gave the bandh call on December 15, decided to reverse its decision in view of appeals made by Ganguly as also former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya to show restraint.

"As per the requests of Sourav and Jagmohan Dalmiya, we have decided to withdraw the bandh call," a spokesman of the Association said.

The Association, he said, would decide on its next course of action at a meeting on December 22.

After announcing a sports bandh on December 20, the Association had upgraded their call to a statewide bandh, saying it was encouraged by the "overwhelming" public response to its agitation.

Association sources had said more than one lakh people had responded to its signature campaign and claimed that the Artists Forum, an umbrella body of film and television artists of the state, had supported its call.

However, the bandh call was withdrawn after Ganguly made an appeal to his fanson Saturdaynot to disrupt normal life and expressed confidence of making a comeback to the international cricket.

First Published: Dec 18, 2005 17:16 IST