Baichung Bhutia has played football for the country with ultimate pride. Now he has put all his energy and commitment “to save the pride of Sikkim”.
His Hamaro Sikkim Party will be contesting all the 32 Assembly constituencies and the lone Lok Sabha seat in the upcoming elections. While the ace footballer is committed to the cause of the State, funds remain a major concern for the newly-launched party that goes to the election with big ambition and grand plans.
The Party is cautious in accepting financial support from industry and business fraternity. The former Indian football team captain and once the record holder for scoring highest number of international goals for India, Bhutia has put his most prised possessions under the hammer for the cause of his State and the Party.
He will auction his memorabilia, including the ‘farewell T-Shirt of Bayern Munich’ to raise funds for elections. He is expected to announce the auction shortly.
Friends and fans have joined hands to support Bhutia in his ‘election mission’, aimed at replacing the leadership that has “crippled the State for over two decades”.
The auction is being facilitated by HTC Sports. The visionary footballer has also roped in for campaign the same group of people who have handled media and promotions for the Aam Aadmi Party during the last Assembly elections in Delhi.
Bhutia will be the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate. Football remains centric to the party’s campaign, which has raised slogan “Seeti Bajao, Sikkim Bachao” (Be the whistle blower to save Sikkim).
Bhutia though is not new to politics. He had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Darjeeling and the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections from Siliguri as a Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate.
He had resigned from the TMC in February last year and then formed the Harmaro Sikkim Party (HSM). “Development of Sikkim” is his party’s sole agenda.
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