On Sunday, Bhaichung Bhutia the former football captain of India took the decision to put two of his favorite jerseys on auction. He has claimed that he has taken this decision to raise funds for his Hamro Sikkim Party (HPS) and at the same time, it aims to fight the elections for the first time.
Among the two jerseys, one which he wore in 2012 during his farewell match against Bayern Munich and another one which he wore for ‘Match Against Poverty’ organized by the United Nations Development Programme.
Additionally, the jerseys will have the signatures of famous footballers like Zinedine Zidane of France and Figo of Portugal among others.
The footballer-turned-politician wrote on Twitter, “Dear Football fans and fellow Indians, we have started a political party in Sikkim. Like other states, it also has many issues like corruption, unemployment, farmers distress etc. In this fight, we need your support…”. After sharing the details on the Twitter, Baichung claimed that the raised funds will be completely transparent.
Hamro Sikkim Party (HPS) of Bhaichung Bhutia was formed on March 31, 2018. The HSP while declaring its policy statement said that the party aims to execute policies for ‘Happy Sikkim’ in the next five years. “We have programmes for youth to make them self-reliant and free from politics of flags and slogans. We want Sikkimese youth to live their life with dignity,” he stated.
Sikkim is traditionally a stronghold of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) which won the elections in 2009 and 2014. Earlier, Bhaichung united with the Trinamool Congress and contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Darjeeling and in 2016 he contested for the assembly election from Siliguri in West Bengal but he lost both times.
The hill state will have voting in the first phase on April 11 for its 32 assembly constituencies and sole Lok Sabha seat. The results will be announced on May 23.

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