The Telegraph
Saturday , March 15 , 2014
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Vijayan’s ‘no’ to politics

New Delhi: At a time when famous sportspersons are getting onto the political bandwagon for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, former India football captain IM Vijayan remains an exception.

Considered the biggest sporting icon in Kerala after PT Usha, Vijayan has recently turned down an offer to contest elections from Kerala, on a Congress ticket, saying he was in no mood to join politics.

“I know Bhaichung (Bhutia) is fighting elections on a Trinamul Congress ticket, but I don’t have much interest in politics,” Vijayan told The Telegraph.

“I was approached by Congress to contest from Palakkad constituency but I turned it down. Moreover, I am an employee of the Kerala Police… I have no intention of leaving my job,” he said.

Vijayan knows Bhutia and Prasun Banerjee are fighting elections and he wished them good luck. “I sincerely pray for their victory… They can do something for the improvement of football,” he said.

Meanwhile, sources say that Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is hoping to get a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket from Rajasthan.

“I have no demand… It is up to the party to nominate me to fight elections,” he said. “If the party wants me to fight, then I am ready to do it from any constituency,” Rathore added.

There are also rumours that wrestler Satpal Singh, a gold medallist of the 1982 Asian Games, is lobbying extensively for a BJP ticket from the West Delhi constituency.