After dinner with Amit Shah, Sourav Ganguly made a statement on his relationship with CM Mamata Banerjee

Sourav Ganguly On Mamta Banerjee: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly spoke about his close relationship with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday, a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited the house and had dinner with his family. Ganguly, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, also praised West Bengal minister and Kolkata mayor Firhad Hakim and described him as someone who can be contacted at any time.

“Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is very close to me,” Ganguly said at the inauguration of a private hospital here. I had approached him to help this institute. I am also very close to Firhad Hakim. He has been watching me since I was in first class. He is our family friend. Anyone who contacts him gets help. I have also called him several times.

Amit Shah’s visit to Ganguly’s residence on Friday had fueled speculation that the former cricketer might soon try his hand at politics. The dinner, however, was said to be a close family affair, hosted by Ganguly, his wife Dona Ganguly, Sourav’s elder brother Snehasish Ganguly and other family members.

Shah was accompanied by BJP ideologue Swapna Dasgupta, party’s state president Sukant Majumdar and Leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Shubhendu Adhikari. Aware of the speculation, Ganguly had said on Friday, “Many kinds of speculations are being made… but I have known him (Shah) since 2008.” I used to meet him while playing cricket. There is nothing more than this. He also said that he has worked with Shah’s son Jay Shah in the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Jay Shah is the secretary of BCCI.

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