Mamata ‘true champion’ — Tennis star Leander Paes joins Trinamool in Goa forward of 2022 polls

Kolkata: Tennis star Leander Paes joined the Trinamool Congress in Goa Friday, within the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 

Banerjee after handing over the Trinamool flag to Leander, mentioned the previous doubles champion has “determined to pledge his political dedication to us, as a result of we’re a secular celebration”. 

Leander, who was born in Kolkata, has ties to the sunshine coastal state. His father Vece Paes is Goan, whereas his mom Jennifer is from Kolkata.

The tennis star paid tribute to Banerjee, and mentioned their affiliation started many years in the past. 

“She won’t be a really large girl however she is a real champion to me. Thirty years in the past, after I was a 14-year-old child, Didi inspired and enabled me to play for the nation. She was then the Union sports activities minister,” Leander mentioned.

“I’m grateful to her for that. Up to now 30 years, I’ve travelled internationally, participated in all worldwide championships together with the Olympics and tried to make India proud. I’ve accomplished my bit there, and with the chance given to me by Didi, I’ll attempt to serve folks by politics. To me, India is about democracy, and never a couple of specific caste or faith.”

Leander added that he was born in Kolkata, however he feels accountable for the entire of India, and that’s the reason he want to work for Goans in Goa. “I’ve retired from sports activities; I’ll now work beneath the steering of Didi,” he mentioned. 

Paes joins former cricketer Manoj Tiwary and veteran footballer Prasun Banerjee, within the listing of distinguished sportspersons to affix the celebration. 

Other than Leander, veteran actor Nafisa Ali has additionally joined the TMC in Goa. The Trinamool’s chief in Rajya Sabha, Derek O’ Brien, who has been tenting in Goa for the previous two months, had met Leander and Nafisa, The Print has learnt.

‘Goa is for Goans’ 

Other than inducting the high-profile personalities, Banerjee additionally reiterated that “Goa is for Goans”. 

“I could also be branded an outsider right here, however let me inform you, I’ve not come right here to turn out to be your chief minister. Your authorities shall be run by your folks,” she mentioned. “I’m right here that will help you struggle the fascist pressure BJP. Congress has allow you to down. I might request you to provide us an opportunity to serve you.” 

Banerjee additionally emphasised that her celebration stood for secular values. “Trinamool or TMC stands for temple mosque church, and for this reason all-inclusive and secular-minded persons are pledging assist to and becoming a member of us,” she mentioned. 

Banerjee additionally refused to touch upon remarks by political analyst Prashant Kishor, who slammed the Congress and mentioned the BJP was right here to remain. 

“I’m right here to struggle the BJP. Why Prashant Kishor mentioned such issues, he would be capable of reply. He’s an ace political strategist,” Banerjee mentioned. 

(Edited by Arun Prashanth)

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