Bengal: Former Indian cricketer Ashok Dinda joins BJP
Kolkata/IBNS: Within hours of the joining of his ex-teammate Manoj Tiwari in the rival camp, former Indian cricketer Ashok Dinda joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in poll-bound West Bengal on Wednesday.
Dinda joined the BJP in presence of Lok Sabha MP Babul Supriyo, state leaders Suvendu Adhikari and Sabyasachi Dutta at a rally in north Kolkata.
The former pace bowler, who had represented the national team, Bengal and a number of franchises in the Indian Premier League, retired from all forms of cricket on Feb 2.
Earlier in the day, Indian cricketer Manoj Tiwari joined the ruling Trinamool Congress in presence of party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a rally in Hooghly.
Former Indian cricketer-turned politician Laxmi Ratan Shukla had resigned as the West Bengal Minister and Trinamool MLA and member late last year.