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MPs Have A Jolly Good Time Playing With Footballs Outside Parliament

All in support of the U-17 football World Cup!

29/03/2017 10:11 PM IST | Updated 30/03/2017 7:59 AM IST
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Celebrating the FIFA decision to hold the Under-17 FIFA football world cup in Kolkata later this year, former footballer Prasun Banerjee, who is a Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha member, handed over a football to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in the Lok Sabha.

Banerjee, a former Captain of the Indian football team, did this as soon as the House met for the day. "I decided to gift one to our beloved Speaker. A small memento from a former football captain," he said.

Vijay Goel, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, then handed out footballs to every MP, who then decided to play kick-around outside the parlimament, much to the thrill of watching mediapersons, except some who didn't.

While some photographers coaxed a bunch of women parliamentarians into throwing the footballs in the air, one MP decided to dribble it like a basket ball. Also, since every MP had a ball, there was some confusion over which one needed to be kicked.

Vijay Goel captured some of the fun and shared them on Twitter:

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