Manoj Tiwary, the veteran Bengal cricketer, won his first assembly elections from the Shibpur constituency. He defeated BJP candidate Rathin Chakraborty by more than 6000.
He stated that BJP had approached him, but he refused to join the party. He blasted BJP for failing to stop the coronavirus pandemic in India.
“Yes, BJP had approached me but when I saw the plight of migrant labourers who were left in the lurch by the sitting central government, joining them would be not being honest to my ideals and beliefs. I was devastated by what I saw. People dead on railway tracks. It was very difficult to accept that.
“No way could I have responded to BJP’s call. They didn’t fulfil any promises and this Covid mismanagement is just another example,” Tiwary was quoted as saying on The Telegraph.
He also thanked Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee for staying in touch with him. “When I responded to Didi’s call, I had a knee injury and wasn’t playing Vijay Hazare Trophy. It would have taken four to five months to recover. I had to come to terms with IPL rejection and I had time at my disposal which I needed to use constructively,” he added.