Here's something you don't see every day. Prominent ministers and MPs from the Lok Sabha decided to indulge in their playful side. Hoping to promote football, and the upcoming international FIFA U-17 World Cup, the ministers decided to kick around a bit themselves. The function was organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to promote Mission XI Million. The hope is to spread football to 11 million Indian students across 15000 schools. The FIFA U-17 World Cup will be held between 6 and 28 October 2017 in different cities of India, and the finale is going to be held in the Salt Lake stadium Kolkata.

 

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Prasun Banerjee, MP (blue shirt), with O.P. Yadav, BJP MP from Siwan, Union Minister of State of Social Justice and Empowerment Ram Das Athawale and other Members of Parliament playing football after Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan presented footballs to Members of Parliament as part of the Mass Awareness Program to reach out to XI Million Children to create football fever as run up to the Football FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted by India, at Parliament House, on March 29, 2017 in New Delhi, India. 

 

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Members of Parliament Kodikunnil Suresh (R) and Joice George playing football

 

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan playing football along with Sports Minister Vijay Goel (red shirt)

 

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Prasun Banerjee, MP (blue shirt), with Bhaichung Bhutia and other Members of Parliament playing football