Sourav Ganguly has impeccable credentials as cricketer-captain and is worshipped as an icon in Bengal. As the BJP craves for a viable face ahead of the 2021 Assembly polls, Sourav presents an obvious choice. It is for the new BCCI president to take it or spurn it.
This caste divide in Bengali society is responsible for the rise of the BJP in the state. Since 2012, the RSS has made great inroads by community outreach initiatives in the clusters where Dalits and other marginalised groups are concentrated.
The BJP delegation, which included party General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and nominated Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta among others, told President Ram Nath Kovind that MLA Debendra Nath Ray's 'murder' is another one in the long list of 'political killings' in West Bengal.