Kolkata: Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia today announced his decision to quit the Trinamool Congress. The footballer, who contested elections twice as a Trinamool Congress candidate and lost both times, took to social media to announce his decision.
“As of today, I have officially resigned from the membership and all the official and political posts of All India Trinamool Congress party. I am no longer a member or associated with any political party in India,” Bhutia said in a tweet.
As of today I have officially resigned from the membership and all the official and political posts of All India Trinamool Congress party. I am no longer a member or associated with any political party in India. #politics pic.twitter.com/2lUxJcbUDT
— Bhaichung Bhutia (@bhaichung15) February 26, 2018
Bhaichung had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Darjeeling and the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections from Siliguri.
The TMC declined to comment on Bhaichung resigning from the party.
However, sources said that Bhutia had informed the TMC about his decision one month ago as he was no longer interested in being associated with any political party.
Bhaichung Bhutia, born 15 December 1976, is a retired Indian footballer of Sikkimese-Bhutia descent who played as a striker. He is considered to be the torchbearer of Indian football in the international arena. He is often nicknamed the Sikkimese Sniper because of his shooting skills in football. Three-time Indian Player of the Year IM Vijayan described Bhutia as “God’s gift to Indian football”. Bhaichung has had four spells at I-League football team East Bengal club, the club where he started his career. When he joined English club Bury in 1999, he became the first Indian footballer to sign a contract with a European club and only the second to play professionally in Europe, after Mohammed Slim.