PRADIP LOHAGUN, KALIMPONG, 21 Mar 2014: Darjeeling TMC Lok Sabha candidate Bhaichung Bhutia, who is campaigning in Kalimpong, today held a press meet where he said he would leverage his experiences in the football field by adopting them in the field of politics.
Despite having no practical experience in politics, working honestly will make it an easy game for him, according to Bhaichung. The man, renowned for his proficiency in soccer, added, “My coach used to say football is a game played with the foot instead of the lips. Thus I don’t want to engage in the politics of lies. I want to work with sincerity in this field. By successfully contesting from Darjeeling, I want to prove elections cannot be won by money and muscle power alone.”
Bhaichung admitted he is aware of the people’s aspirations being attached to the Gorkhaland issue, but he will mainly focus on the issues of employment, education, housing and other basic needs. Averring that nothing has been gained from past statehood movements, the TMC candidate said the BJP will also fail to do anything in this regard. He accused BJP MP Jaswant Singh of not even bringing in development to the hills leave alone the formation of a state.
Slamming Singh further, he said, “As per information gained from a RTI filing, 99.9 per cent of the MP fund has been invested in Darjeeling constituency. But for what purposes have these funds been used? There are no records.”
CAPTION: Bhaichung Bhutia and hill TMC leaders campaigning in Kalimpong.
Text and Photo by: EOI
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