Left split on CAB, Sourav dubbed opportunist

Published: Monday, July 24, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The CAB elections have left the Left Front split wide open with leaders making their preferences clear and with only six days to go for the polls and Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty just upped the ante by calling Sourav Ganguly an 'opportunist'.

Talking to reporters here last night, Mr Chakraborty said, ''Sourav Ganguly no longer needs Jagmohan Dalmiya. He has got someone else to go ahead and so he has passed these comments against him.'' Asked if Sourav would be termed a 'traitor,' he said, ''No, not a traitor, but certainly an opportunist. In order to fulfil his own dreams and ambitions, some people just dont give much importance to ethics. These people just take chances as they present themselves.

They can use a trusted as a ladder to return to light from darkness.

You can call it something like this.'' Chakraborty felt Sourav was using to team India all means to make a comeback and Dalmiya's criticism was a part of his efforts.

He recalled a personal incident to emphasise on that point, ''Early in his career I had taken personal initiative to send Sourav to play in county. This was not once, but twice. But has he ever talked about it. Forget talking about it. He never bothered to give a courtesy call on his return.'' ''I got the plane fare for him from the funds provided in the state government. But thats a long lost chapter,'' he said.

However, in an interview to a daily from London, when asked about it, Sourav said, '' Yes, it's true. Then I was 13.'' On whether he would he would react to the interference of state government in the CAB polls, he said, '' I won't say that Mr (Buddhadeb) Bhattacharjee wished that Dalmiya should not return to power. He had many complains against him. I was given a task to stop Dalmiya from standing. I failed and moved away.''

PWD minister and RSP heavyweight Kshiti Goswami also expressed his displeasure, ''The e-mail from Sourav has no purpose and the timing is just not right.'' ''It is because of Dalmiya that Chandi Gangulys son has become Sourav Ganguly and the man is responsible for bringing some of the biggest cricket spectacles to Kolkata. But most importantly he has turned both BCCI and CAB from two cash stripped ailing bodies into cash cows,'' he said.

''CAB is an independent autonomous organisation and it will be best if it were to be left in that manner. We would not like any interference from any quarters,'' he said.

Asked about the state governments interference in the elections Chakraborty said, ''The state government has no role in it. The Chief Minister has his own preferences and we have ours. That is a different matter all together.'' The Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya has asked Dalmiya not to contest but the Left Front may not hold the same views after all, as veteran Marxist and former Chief Minister Jyoti Basu has already voiced his ire on Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee fighting the polls.

Left Front Chairman and CPIM State secretary Biman Basu, however, stayed from taking sides, ''The Left front will not interfere in the CAB polls. It's an independent body and will function in its own way.'' Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has pitched in favour of Jagmohan Dalmiya, making the CAB polls look like a full time political occupation.

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