The politician is an avid lover of sports and has expressed his passionate support towards the Blues.
Indian Super League outfit, Bengaluru FC dropped a bombshell on their local fans after announcing in a club statement that due to an ongoing controversy surrounding the Kanteerva Stadium, they had to enlist the Balewadi Stadium in Pune as a contingency plan in accordance with the fast approaching AIFF club licensing deadline.
This effectively means that the current ISL champions could be playing their ‘home’ matches out of Pune, which has not sat well with their local fanbase in Bengaluru and now some very prominent figures have spoken out on the matter.
One of those figures is Tejasvi Surya, Member of Parliament for Bengaluru South Lok Sabha Constituency, who has tweeted his outrage regarding the whole fiasco. In the tweet, he has expressed his support for Bengaluru FC and their skipper, Sunil Chhetri, showing his discontentment over the prospect of the champions playing their home games elsewhere.
Our city’s football club play ‘home’ matches elsewhere? This shouldn’t be happening
— Tejasvi Surya (@Tejasvi_Surya) 18 September 2019
As a result, the MP has vowed to intervene and request the Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka, B.S. Yediyurappa, to look into this matter as he also holds the sports portfolio.
This comes as a good sign for the local fans of the Blues, who would be hoping to not suffer the same fate as that of the fans of Delhi Dynamos FC and FC Pune City, as both these cities have lost their ISL franchises.
While the football enthusiasts in Pune would welcome Bengaluru’s shifting of base, which has happened due to the former affiliation of BFC’s CEO, Mandar Tamhane, who was the treasurer of the Pune District Football Association; the club itself is hopeful of finding a resolution through the Karnataka High Court, that will allow them to continue playing at the Kanteerava Stadium, where they have tasted a lot of success.
Tamhane spoke on the matter previously and had said, “We want to stay here and we are hopeful. We are waiting for official confirmation on the issue, as we cannot do much till we hear anything.”