Politics

Mamata Banerjee teases polls in 2024, saying the entire country would see ‘Khela’ in the near future.

Bengal will take delight in teaching India the way, according to the TMC chief.

Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, said on Monday that the TMC’s election slogan, khela hobe (there will be a game), has become extremely popular among the public and that the entire country will be witness to a match in the coming days, ostensibly referring to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Bengal will take delight in teaching India the way, according to the TMC chief.

“You may or may not agree, but the slogan has gained a lot of traction throughout the country. The slogan was raised in Parliament as well as in various states including Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan “She stated this after launching the ‘Khela Hobe’ initiative, which would see footballs distributed among sports teams. Banerjee went on to say that so yet, just a little game has been played, but that more is on the way.

“Bengal can be proud of leading the way in this encounter. Remember that in the not-too-distant future, the entire country will be treated to a sporting event. There is no such thing as life without khela (game) “she insisted.

The Mamata Banerjee government has decided to observe Khela Hobe Divas’ on August 16, taking after its popular slogan, to commemorate the death of 16 football fans who had died in a stampede during a Derby match in the city in 1980. Distributing 10 footballs each to 303 clubs affiliated with the Indian Football Association (IFA), she said over one lakh more will be handed over to players and coaches in the rural areas. Noting that her government has provided financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to at least 25,000 clubs in the state, Banerjee said those taking part in matches organized on the occasion of the ‘Khela Hobe’ Divas would be given additional Rs 15,000.

 

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