New Delhi, Feb 26: Former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia on Monday announced that he has resigned from all the official and political posts of Mamata Banerjee-led All India Trinamool Congress (TMC). Taking to Twitter, legendary striker who had joined the TMC in 2013 tweeted,”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.” Also Read - From Sachin Tendulkar to Abhinav Bindra, India Icons Predict How Sporting World Will Change After Coronavirus
Though Bhutia has not cited any reason for his resignation, speculations are rife that the former football captain might had a fallout with TMC leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Bhutia had contested elections twice on Trinamool Congress’ ticket. In 2011, Bhutia retired from professional football and decided to kick start his political career from West Bengal. In 2013, Bhutia joined Mamata Banerjee-led TMC and had asserted that he did not want to sit on the sidelines and criticise how things are being done in the system.
He contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 from Darjeeling but unfortunately he was defeated by BJP’s SS Ahluwalia by a margin of 1,96,795 votes. The lethal striker continued his work with TMC but recently raised his voice against the party and expressed support for a separate Gorkhaland.