Veteran Bengal cricketer Manoj Tiwary won his first state assembly elections from the Shibpur constituency on Sunday. After winning from the constituency, Manoj revealed the reason behind joining politics. He said that he was very touched seeing the situation of the state with the impact of COVID around. He further said that he was very disturbed seeing the plight of the migrant workers amid the pandemic.
He emerged triumphant by a margin of over 6000 votes over Rathin Chakraborty, his nearest rival from the Bharatiya Janata Party. Tiwary stated that BJP, earlier, had approached him, but he didn’t pay heed to their call. He also lashed out at BJP for not being able to step up in the coronavirus pandemic.
He further said that BJP had asked him to join the party to which he denied. Tiwary further blamed the political party for the plight of the people of Bengal in these tough times.
BJP Approached Me But I Denied: Manoj Tiwary
“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.
Manoj Tiwary hasn’t played in the IPL after last representing the Kings XI Punjab, now Punjab Kings, way back in 2018. In the meantime, he also thanked Mamata Banerjee, the Honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal, 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.