Former footballer Alvito D’Cunha was Monday inducted into the Congress’s Goa unit forward of the Assembly polls subsequent yr. D’Cunha, who performed for home soccer giants East Bengal, joined the celebration in Panaji within the presence of senior state leaders.
Bureaucrat-turned-politician Elvis Gomes, who additionally just lately joined the Congress, launched D’Cunha as a ‘Made is Goa’ footballer who shot to fame in Kolkata.
The former winger was welcomed with a Congress jersey bearing the quantity 9. “You are actually the official participant of the Indian National Congress,” Gomes informed D’cunha on the induction ceremony within the Congress House in Panaji.
D’Cunha stated that he had joined the celebration to be its “sports activities icon” and would assist any candidates the celebration chooses to contest the Assembly polls.
If provided him a ticket to contest, he stated he would “give it some thought”.
“I can’t be egocentric. I can not say that I’ve joined the celebration so now I must be given a ticket additionally. I’ll assist whichever candidate the celebration chooses,” he stated.
D’Cunha stated that he was a fan of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and had campaigned for her in West Bengal forward of the Assembly polls earlier this yr. He stated he had seen a number of sportspersons and movie personalities becoming a member of the TMC and doing properly.
D’Cunha, a preferred footballer in Kolkata, stated the TMC had approached him — and so had the Bengal BJP.
“I don’t have voting rights in Kolkata, I may have modified it however my beginning place is Goa. My life is in Goa. Goa has given me every part,” D’Cunha stated.
He stated he hoped to have the ability to work within the curiosity of sportspersons and contain them to work with their native MLAs to enhance the scenario in Goa for footballers and different sportspersons. He stated the BJP authorities had referred to as soccer the state’s primary sport however had finished little to put it on the market.