Manoj Tiwary defeated BJP’s Rathin Chakraborty from Shibpur Assembly constituency by more than 6000 votes in the Bengal Assembly Elections.
Manoj Tiwari has won from Shibpur seat on Trinamool Congress ticket.
Cricketer Manoj Tiwary initially thought about going into politics, but after seeing the plight of migrant laborers during the lockdown caused by Kovid-19 last year, he finally switched to politics instead of cricket. Tiwari, a Trinamool Congress candidate, defeated Rathin Chakraborty of BJP from Shibpur Assembly constituency by more than 6000 votes in the Bengal assembly elections. Tiwari, one of the best batsmen of Bengal, told PTI-Bhasha about his priorities, ‘Effective Kovid-19 management in my area, raising awareness and keeping the people of your area safe. This will be my first job and this is a challenge.
Tiwari was confident of his victory despite adversity. He said, ‘I was well prepared for these elections and I worked hard to win. I know that politics is not an easy task and it becomes more difficult for a new person associated with a different field. I campaigned from house to house in Shibpur. He was aware of my intentions.
Tiwari said – joining politics took risks
Tiwari admitted that it was risky to choose politics despite having a good career in domestic cricket. He said, ‘Yes it was risky but you couldn’t say no to Didi (Mamata Banerjee). Didi has been my inspiration. When Didi spoke, I was not playing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy due to a knee injury. I then thought that the injury could be serious and I would have to think beyond cricket.
Tiwari said, ‘BJP had also approached me but when I saw the plight of migrant laborers, then I felt that joining them would not be in accordance with my ideals and belief. I was hurt by what I saw. I did not reply to the BJP. He did not deliver on his promises and this Kovid management was another example of this.
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