Mohammad Azharuddin eyes 2019 Lok Sabha campaign from home state Telangana

Azhar won from Moradabad, UP in 2009 and lost from Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan in 2014.

Mohammad Azharuddin wants to contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Secunderabad, Telangana

Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin is eyeing to make his bid for Lok Sabha elections 2019 from his home state of Telangana. Azharuddin previously contested from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh and won in 2009; but lost in 2014 when he contested from Tonk-Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan.

Azhar, who hails from Hyderabad, said that the final decision will rest with the Congress High Command. He said that he has been told by people to contest from his home state this time.

"I have visited so many places and villages in the constituency and spoken with farmers and other people, they all welcomed me to contest from there," he said in an interview to PTI.

"I have conveyed my feelings (to the party and the leaders in-charge of the state). At the end of the day, the party is the supreme power. I am not the captain (here), if I were the captain, I would have chosen the constituency right away," the 55-year-old cricketer-turned-politician said.

Azhar is keen on contesting from Secunderabad and said "I want to work for the people there (Secunderabad). I have worked very hard in the constituency, but I don't believe in publicity. What I gathered from my party is that, they are also keen that I go there (Secunderabad).

The Congress' Telangana unit last year had urged Azhar to contest either the state assembly polls or the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, from the state.

For his reason of joining Congress, Azhar said, "I wanted to join the Congress as it is a secular party. Also, I had great respect for Mr Rajiv Gandhi."


By Jatin Sharma - 15 Jul, 2018

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