Leander Paes, the tennis veteran has now become a member of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Friday (29th October). Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamta Banerjee herself welcomed the Paes into the party during her three-day visit in the coastal state of Goa.
Another new addition to the TMC is the senior actress and activist Nafisa Ali. Notably, Ali had contested the 2004 elections of the Lok Sabha against Banerjee, from South Kolkata.
Leander Paes, while calling Mamta Banerjee a ‘true champion’, stated that it was her to enabled him to play for the country when she was the union sports minister. Paes has now become one of the prominent sports personalities who have recently joined TMC, adding to the list which includes former cricketer Manoj Tiwary and legendary footballer Prasoon Banerjee.
Mamta Banerjee has been quoted as saying that “Leander has pledged his political commitment to the Trinamool Congress because it is a secular party.”