In a bid to promote football, TMC MP Prasun Banerjee surprised many as he started to dribble the ball in Parliament premises on Thursday. The 64-year-old politician, who is a retired international player, aims to improve the status of the game in India and plans to discuss the same with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"We want India to play Football World Cup one day. We are making efforts. We will go to PM, along with footballers, and tell him ‘Politics kam, sports zyada, football zyada (less politics, more sports)’. That day will definitely come." he told news agency ANI.
Watch the video here:
#WATCH Delhi: TMC MP Prasun Banerjee plays football in Parliament premises.Says "We want India to play Football World Cup one day. We’re making efforts. We’ll go to PM, along with footballers, & tell him ‘Politics kam, sports zyada, football zyada.’ That day will definitely come. pic.twitter.com/fEBVKncqhn
ANI (@ANI) July 11, 2019
Once shared online, the video triggered many reactions with some praising the politician for bringing focus to the game. However, others questioned why Banerjee had to play the game in Parliament premises to raise the issue.
For that we need not take football to show solidarity for football. No one stopping to play also. Just raise the issue. https://t.co/RI5dGkkjMT
Manas ( ) R Biswal (@mrbiswal) July 11, 2019
Why outside ???
Play inside the Parliament only https://t.co/7gxu3CFr1i
Saifian (@SaifiansCaptain) July 11, 2019
Parliament is not the place for showing off his footballing skills. He’s got to work for the people who elected him. https://t.co/gdH58tU2Ij
Sarvadaman Ray (@sarvadaman1) July 11, 2019
For those unaware, he’s the MP from Howrah (my constituency), an Arjuna Awardee and former captain of the Indian Football Team. https://t.co/SpvRcxJRoq
Harshit Tiwari (@passcodexerox) July 11, 2019
Impressed with TMC MPs
(@_naamaan) July 11, 2019