One of Indian football’s modern day greats Bhaichung Bhutia has announced that he will no longer continue with his career in politics.

The legendary striker took to social media to announce his decision and tweeted that he “officially resigned from the membership and all the official and political posts of All India Trinamool Congress party”, while adding that he is no longer a member or associated with any political party in India.

Bhutia, retired from professional football in 2011 and decided to give a career in politics a shot from West Bengal, a state where he has been afforded a lot of affection right through his playing days.

The former India captain joined the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress who came to power in the state in 2011. Bhutia joined the TMC in 2013, and expressed the need for more sportspersons to take up politics.

A year later, in 2014, the lethal striker contested the Lok Sabha Elections from Darjeeling but unfortunately lost out to BJP’s SS Ahluwalia. A Padma Shri winner in 2008, Bhutia though continued his work with the Trinamool, but in recent times he has gone against the party line by expressing his support for a separate Gorkhaland.

Bhutia, who now is very actively involved with the Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in New Delhi, also contested the State elections in 2016 but lost out to CPI(M) veteran Ashok Bhattacharya in Siliguri.