07 May, 2021

Jobs, Not Pakistan, Is The issue: Baichung Bhutia

Football icon-turned-politician Baichung Bhutia speaks to Outlook on his new party and electoral debut in upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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Jobs, Not Pakistan, Is The issue: Baichung Bhutia

Hamro Sikkim Party, floated by football icon-turned-politician Baichung Bhutia in February 2018, will make its electoral debut on April 11. Sikkim has simultaneous polling—HSP will cont­est all 32 assembly seats. Baichung himself, brimful with talk of change, will contest the sole Lok Sabha seat in the state. Excerpts from an interview with Jeevan Prakash Sharma:

Are you looking for a tie-up with any national party?

A: No. We are a young new party, we need to build it strong. So we want to go it alone for both assembly as well as the Lok Sabha.

After retirement, you’d joined Trinamool in 2013 and contested twice on its ticket—from Darjeeling (LS 2014) and Siliguri (2016 assembly polls). You lost both. Didn’t that deter you from politics?

I lost because I was an outsider in West Bengal. That’s not the case now. I was born in Sikkim. I have my roots here.

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