Is Sourav Ganguly BJP's CM candidate?
Sourav Ganguly, the former cricketing legend, is billed to join the BJP in near future. BJP president Amit Shah is reportedly showing a lot of interest in him because of his attitude, popularity and leadership skills.
If everything goes well, Ganguly will be fielded as an MP candidate in 2019 from West Bengal. The saffron party will ensure his victory against all odds and do everything that it can to raise his profile. The aim of the party is to make him a force to reckon with in the Bengal BJP much before the 2021 Assembly elections.
As of now, the BJP has no popular crowd-pullers in Bengal but for Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Despite this severe limitation and the often violent antipathy of the TMC, the party has trumped the CPM in recent years. With a charismatic leader like Ganguly, BJP could become a huge force in the state, say experts.
If Ganguly joins the party, it looks certain that he will be BJP's CM candidate in 2021.