Bhaichung Bhutia returns Sikkim after AIFF election. Upon his arrival today bhutia alleged the leaders of the Northeast are not representing the people in proper way.
“There are lot of people trying to represent us, they are the leader for the Northeast but we clearly see the interest is for themselves, their political benefits and not the North East”. Said Bhaichung Bhutia
Furthermore, Bhutia appealed people of Northeast to select right leaders to represent them. “We have shown the entire country despite whatever the result Sikkim people can come United, not just Sikkim but the entire Northeast. “Some political leaders or some businessmen trying to represent Northeast, when they actually don’t. It is time for people of Northeast to select the right people, so that a Northeasterner or States come first. But when they reach there, it looks like it is only self benefit”, stated the former Indian football captain.
On asking Bhutia on details of election, he denied going into the details of the election loss, stating ‘will tell my side of the story tomorrow ‘, “I will share my part of the story tomorrow through a press conference. We need to get right people there (centre) who can represent our people, they cannot just be there saying they represent us but actually misleading the people. The entire Northeast has to be careful”. He said
Bhutia after his return was given a ‘grand welcome,’ by his supporters and well wishers including various political and social representatives from Sikkim.
On the overwhelming support he received from Sikkimese people, Bhutia expressed gratitude saying, “We need to stand united. This election has shown, people of Sikkim can get united. Obviously, there are one or two bad apples everywhere. It’s a message to those people as well, you cannot misguide the people. For individual benefit you cannot sell Sikkim or its people. This message has reached them, I hope they realise and remember that”.
Bhaichung denied making any reference about Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju’s involvement in his loss at AIFF president election. He also steered clear from mentioning about Sikkim Football Association President Menla Ethenpa, who has declared Bhutia as ‘losing horse’ prior to his president election loss.