Azharuddin to contest on Congress ticket
Mohammad Azharuddin, the former Indian cricket team captain, will join the Congress and contest from a prestigious Lok Sabha seat either in Maharashtra or Uttar Pradesh.
Azharuddin met the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, last week and conveyed his willingness to contest on a Congress ticket.
The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, said Azharuddin had a close rapport with the Congress and confirmed that he would join the party.
Azharuddin may not be able to contest from the Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat, which is the fortress of the Congress ally MIM. Azharuddin opted for a seat outside AP.
Azharuddin had denied earlier reports that he might either join or campaign for the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), and contest as the mayoral candidate for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
This time, however, Azharuddin did not deny asking for a Congress ticket. Azharuddin runs an event management firm and a health club. He has largely kept a low profile since his exit from cricket.