West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently stirred the political pot by suggesting that India might have clinched the Cricket World Cup if the final match had taken place in Kolkata or Mumbai. Taking a dig at the BJP without naming anyone, Banerjee remarked, “Wherever sinners go, they take along their sins.”
During an address to party workers at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata, Banerjee lauded the Indian cricket team’s stellar performance but alleged that there were attempts to “saffronise” the team. She expressed pride in the players and insisted that victory could have been India’s if the finals were held in Kolkata or Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
“They even tried to saffronise the team by introducing saffron practice jerseys. The players resisted, and as a result, they did not have to wear those jerseys during the matches,” she asserted, highlighting the alleged political influence on the cricketing sphere.
The chief minister’s comments echo a trend of political jibes in the context of cricket, as seen earlier with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s panauti barb against Prime Minister Narendra Modi after India’s loss in the World Cup final.
In response, the BJP has criticized Banerjee’s remarks, terming them as “petty politics.” BJP general secretary and MLA Agnimitra Paul emphasized the Indian team’s remarkable ten-match winning streak and questioned Banerjee’s focus on political coloration rather than acknowledging the players’ efforts.
The political exchange reflects the intersection of sports and politics, emphasizing the impact of such statements on public discourse. As the Election Commission assesses the situation, the cricket field becomes an unexpected battleground for political narratives in West Bengal. Stay tuned for further developments as the political cricket match unfolds.