Bangalore: Football’s one of the finest players of all time, Lionel Messi took everyone by surprise this week when he became a member of BJP. It all came to surface when Messi was seen flashing a lotus tattoo on his right hand.
Later, Amit Shah confirmed the news and claimed that it was Messi’s Ghar Wapsi. Mr. Shah also announced making Messi a brand ambassador for the party. He told reporters that whoever gets a lotus tattoo anywhere on the body would automatically become a member of the party. This tactic, he said, is similar to making friends by giving a miss call to an anonymous phone number and saying that ‘I got a miss call from your side earlier’ when the person calls back.
Incidentally, BJP is already running a membership drive for which one needs to give a miss call for getting the membership. BJP launched its membership drive in November last year and now claims to have become the largest political party in the world.
Though the party claims to have inducted more than 9 crore members in last five months, PM Modi said the actual number would be more than 1 lakh crore. Mr. Modi was speaking on the occasion of Feku Day on 1st April.
On being asked how it happened, Mr. Shah told our reporter that BJP wanted someone from the world of sports other than cricket to be the brand ambassador of the party. And, as the party is planning to venture globally (read north east and southern part of India), football was the first choice. Mr. Shah was so confident of his strategy making power for elections that he told reporters, he could lead BJP to win elections from anywhere in the world be it UP or Uganda.
Meanwhile, Indian cricket team players reacted sharply to this incident. BCCI convened a press conference to protest Messi’s selection as brand ambassador of an Indian political party. Lifelong president of BCCI, Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya told reporters that there is no point in endorsing foreign players for political purposes, that too from football, when Indian cricket team and BCCI, in particular, has many potential political leaders.