Former footballer Alvito D’Cunha used to be Monday inducted into the Congress’s Goa unit forward of the Assembly polls subsequent 12 months. D’Cunha, who performed for home soccer giants East Bengal, joined the birthday celebration in Panaji within the presence of senior state leaders.
Bureaucrat-turned-politician Elvis Gomes, who additionally lately joined the Congress, offered D’Cunha as a ‘Made is Goa’ footballer who shot to popularity in Kolkata.
The former winger used to be welcomed with a Congress jersey bearing the quantity 9. “You are now the official player of the Indian National Congress,” Gomes advised D’cunha on the induction rite within the Congress House in Panaji.
D’Cunha mentioned that he had joined the birthday celebration to be its “sports icon” and would fortify any applicants the birthday celebration chooses to contest the Assembly polls.
If introduced him a price ticket to contest, he mentioned he would “think about it”.
“I cannot be selfish. I cannot say that I have joined the party so now I should be given a ticket also. I will support whichever candidate the party chooses,” he mentioned.
D’Cunha mentioned that he used to be partial to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and had campaigned for her in West Bengal forward of the Assembly polls previous this 12 months. He mentioned he had noticed a number of sportspersons and movie personalities becoming a member of the TMC and doing neatly.
D’Cunha, a well-liked footballer in Kolkata, mentioned the TMC had approached him — and so had the Bengal BJP.
“I don’t have voting rights in Kolkata, I could have changed it but my birth place is Goa. My life is in Goa. Goa has given me everything,” D’Cunha mentioned.
He mentioned he was hoping so that you could paintings within the passion of sportspersons and contain them to paintings with their native MLAs to toughen the placement in Goa for footballers and different sportspersons. He mentioned the BJP govt had known as soccer the state’s primary game however had achieved little to advertise.