Laxmi Ratan Shukla would be contesting for the region of North Howrah © PTI
Laxmi Ratan Shukla would be contesting elections for the region of North Howrah © PTI

Former Indian and Bengal cricketer, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, along with Vaishali Dalmiya, the daughter of late BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, are all set to contest the upcoming Assembly Election in Bengal, as they would be contesting for Trinamool Congres (TMC). While Shukla would be contesting for the region of North Howrah, Vaishali would be contesting for the Bally region. Shukla, who earlier in 2015 announced his retirement from competitive cricket plans to start a new innings in politics, while Vaishali, who is not into cricket, prepare to follow some other footsteps, unlike her father. The West Bengal Assembly Election 2016 is set to get underway from April 4.

Earlier, showering praise on the retired Bengal all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla, the CAB described the veteran allrounder as a great ambassador of the sport. “He has been a crisis man for Bengal cricket, a great ambassador of the sport in the state. He has contributed to the cause of Bengal cricket on innumerable occasions. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya said, reported PTI.

On September 2015, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away following a heart attack at a hospital in Kolkata. Dalmiya, who was 75 years-old at the time of his passing away, was admitted to the BM Birla Heart Research Institute at Alipore in South Kolkata a few hours prior to his demise. A number of eminent personalities were at the hospital to pay their respects to the Kolkata businessman, who took over the post from N Srinivasan in a landslide victory in March earlier this year after a gap of over 10 years. He is succeeded by his son Abhishek Dalmiya and daughter Vaishali.