Ahead of the assembly elections, Indian footballer Syed Rahim Nabi joined the Trinamool Congress Sunday. Leaders of the ruling party said Nabi’s popularity in the state would prove crucial in the elections even as the footballer cited ‘public welfare’ as his motivation to join politics.
“I want to work for the people; let us see what I can do,” Nabi told media persons after his induction in the Trinamool Congress.
Born in Pandua in Hooghly district, Nabi was handed over the party flag by TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee in the presence of MP Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Nabi, having played for all three prominent city clubs — Mohammedan Sporting, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan — was also a regular on the national team from 2004 to 2013.
A senior party leader said, “Nabi is a popular figure in the state and as a former player for the three big city clubs, he has a following in Kolkata and the state. We are glad to have him in the party.”