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I am not in politics, says Sourav

Calcutta, Jan. 16: Former cricketer Sourav Ganguly today said he was not in politics and was comfortable where he was now, confirming his current status but not entirely slamming the door on a future role.

Ami rajniti te nei. Ami math-er lok, math-ei thakte chai (I am not in politics. I am a sportsman and I am comfortable here),” Ganguly said at Nabanna this afternoon in response to a fusillade of questions on whether he would contest the Lok Sabha polls.

The reporters persisted: “Are you sure, are you sure?”

“Confirmed,” Sourav said before leaving the state secretariat.

Opinion exists that “ami rajniti te nei” can be translated in the present tense (“I am not in politics”) as well as the future tense (“I won’t be in politics”) — which mean entirely different things.

Ganguly visited Nabanna to hold discussions with the chief minister over his proposed school at Rajarhat, sources said. He had come to complete some administrative formalities, which were done, the sources added.

BJP leaders in both Calcutta and Delhi had said Ganguly had been offered a Lok Sabha ticket. Soon after the news came to light, state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya had visited Ganguly’s house.

CPM leader Asok Bhattacharya had then said Ganguly had conveyed to him his disinterest in politics. “Sourav called me up and told me, ‘Asok kaku, what is this madness going on about my joining politics? I have no interest in joining any political party, whether it is the BJP, the Congress or the Left’,” Asok Bhattacharya had said in December last year.