Ashok Dinda Joins BJP After Former Teammate Manoj Tiwary Joins Hands With TMC
Former Indian cricketer Ashok Dinda on Wednesday joined Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in Kolkata. He was formally inducted into the party in presence of the Union Minister Babul Supriyo and state BJP vice president Arjun Singh at a public meeting in Kolkata. Recently, Indian bowler Ashok Dinda had announced retirement from all formats of the game. The pacer represented India in 13 ODIs and nine T20Is, picking 12 and 17 wickets respectively.
Mr Dinda’s induction into the BJP comes ahead of the Assembly elections. Elections for the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal that comprises 294 seats are set to be held this year as the current tenure ends on May 30.
Earlier in the day, India cricketer Manoj Tiwary joined Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. After joining the party, Mr Tiwary said Mamata Banerjee is trying to unite people together. “BJP is playing divisive policy and Mamata Banerjee is trying to unite people together. When I play cricket, I play for the country, not on the basis of religion,” he said.
Also, Mr Tiwary took to Twitter to share a link to his political profile on Instagram. “A new journey begins from today. Need all your love & support. From now onwards this will be my political profile on Instagram,” he tweeted.
Mr Tiwary has represented India in 12 ODIs, amassing 287 runs which includes a century and a half-century. In the shortest format of the game, Mr Tiwary played three games for India and scored 15 runs. While his international career didn’t go as planned, he will sign off as a domestic legend who won many a game for state team Bengal. Apart from scoring prolifically for the state team across formats, he has also played a key role in mentoring the youngsters coming into the squad. He was last seen in action in January in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.