Trinamool Lok Sabha Candidate, Darjeeling Constituency
He has been the face of Indian football for more than a decade and come the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he will be the face of the hills region of West Bengal. Former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia is Trinamool`s candidate in the Darjeeling constituency.
Trinamool web team had a small chat with him during the election campaign:
What was your initial reaction when you came to know about your nomination?
It came as a bit of a surprise. I would like to thank the Chief Minister for showing confidence in me. It is a huge challenge.
What are the major planks in your campaign?
The lack of development is the root of all problems in the hills. The area has been left to fend for itself even though it has immense potential. The agitation and the disturbance resulted from that.
Why did you decide to join politics?
It has taken a lot of introspection to take up the electoral fight. Everyone criticizes the politics in India and the politicians. I also did that. But I realized that criticizing from outside won’t help. Good people need to join and then only things can happen. One can’t usher in change without active participation. This is the primary reason for me to accept the responsibility.
What made you join Trinamool and not some other party?
The honesty and integrity of Mamata Banerjee helped me decide to join politics and her party. She is the role model for all Indian women. She almost fought single-handedly for more than 30 years with fearlessness and determination. Her story is immensely inspiring. You can’t but feel an urge to give your best once she talks to you. She has that rare ability to enthuse and motivate.
What do you think will be the outcome of the Lok Sabha elections?
I feel that Trinamool can win the major share of the 42 seats in West Bengal. In the 2009 elections TMC managed to win 19 seats.
How confident are you about winning from Darjeeling?
Ms. Banerjee loves the hills. I have got first-hand knowledge of that. She wants to develop Darjeeling and she needs the support of all concerned. My job will be to help her realize that dream. People may ask, why don’t I stand from place of my birth? It is a valid question. I am always there for Sikkim. If I can develop Darjeeling, it will help Sikkim grow.