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Dhoni replaces Ganguly as EC brand ambassador


Amrita Panja,CNN-IBN
Apr 06, 2011 at 10:11am IST

Kolkata: The Election Commission has replaced Sourav Ganguly with MS Dhoni and APJ Abdul Kalam as its brand ambassadors.

Ganguly had earlier written to the commission to withdraw from the campaign after the TMC questioned his political impartiality.

For the left handed batsman it's the opposition to the Left in Bengal that has posed a problem. Not in cricket, but the controversy over the former Team India captain's alleged proximity to a few Left Front ministers prompted an irked Sourav Ganguly to request the Election Commission to remove him as one of its Brand Ambassadors.

"He has expressed his anguish for being dragged into such political controversy. The Commission has decided to accept his appeal for pull out," said West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta.

Last month Ganguly shot a music video for the Election Commission as a part of its campaign to urge people to come out and vote.

The Trinamool Congress objected to Ganguly's selection as an ambassador and questioned his political impartiality. The objection came despite Ganguly having shared the stage with Mamata Banerjee in the past.

In politics it is tough to be a sport and no wonder that even the former cricket captain of India has not been spared. While Ganguly insists he is not affiliated to any party and featured in the video as just a cricketer, it seems that for the Trinamool Congress it doesn't matter if you are politically correct unless you are politically Right.

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