Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan is all set to contest Lok Sabha election from the Baharampur constituency with Trinamool Congress (TMC) ticket.

Following the announcement, Yusuf’s younger brother and former India cricketer Irfan Pathan took to social media to post an emotional message.

“Your patience, kindness, help to the needy and service to people even without an official position can be easily noticed. I am confident that once you step into a political role, you will truly make a difference in the daily lives of people @iamyusufpathan,” Irfan wrote on X (earlier known as Twitter).

Baharampur is a traditional Congress stronghold and is currently represented by Lok Sabha leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

Meanwhile, reacting over the development and on his likely face-off against Yusuf, Chowdhury said the Trinamool should have sent Pathan to Rajya Sabha if the party wanted to honour him.

“Outsiders were nominated to the Rajya Sabha from Bengal. If Trinamool wanted to honour Yusuf Pathan, it should have sent him to the Rajya Sabha. If Mamata Banerjee had good intentions, she would have asked the (INDIA) alliance to get Yusuf Pathan a seat in Gujarat. But here he is selected as a candidate to polarise the common man and to help the BJP, so that Congress can be defeated,” said Chowdhury.