President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Sourav Ganguly and the Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are in a row over Imran Khan.
Ganguly’s professionalism prevents him from removing the photograph of former Pakistan captain Imran Khanfrom Eden Gardens stadium, just because Khan is now the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
After the Pulwama attack, the Mumbai Cricket Club of India removed photographs of Imran Khan. Later other cricket clubs followed suit, with the exception of CAB.
The BJP is demanding that PM Imran Khan’s photograph be removed from the club-house of the iconic cricket stadium of Kolkata, the Eden Gardens.
Despite BJP’s protests, Ganguly says he will “stick to his earlier position”.
A Game of Politics?
This conflict is being interpreted as a political proxy between the BJP and Trinamol Congress. Even the people of Twitter are in on this conspiracy.
Saurav rarely backed down as Indian captain,true,but his refusal to remove Imran's portrait,however sensible it sounds,is politically convenient to him.'d there be a change of guard at the centre,he'll be the president,BCCI,¬ just because he'll be the most suitable candidate.
— Manish Rao (@immanishrao) March 10, 2019
The journalist community seems to be on Ganguly’s side in this one.
Indian journalist Kenan Malik tweeted out support for the CAB President saying ‘he never backed down as the Indian cricket captain’, thus implying that he won’t do so now.
As Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly rarely backed down. And he seems still not to do so, refusing the BJP demand to remove Imran Khan’s portrait from Eden Gardens: https://t.co/LMpbXvc8SS
— Kenan Malik (@kenanmalik) March 10, 2019
Film-maker Pooja Bhatt, daughter of Mahesh Bhatt chipped in too.
Respect 🙏 https://t.co/Th41lM8euK
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) March 10, 2019
A time will come in future when all us will be forced to wear half pants again.
Nostalgic return to childhood 👆🤣
— Baazigar46 (@shaks72) March 11, 2019
Respecting for Dada!
Respect for dada. Modi and BJP should never ever try to drag dada in their gutter level politics.
— ISRAR QADRI (@IamIsrarQadri) March 11, 2019
Well done Champ.
— Gautam Singh Ghai (@gautghai) March 10, 2019