Azharuddin may not contest, but will campaign for Congress

March 17th, 2009 - 7:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, March 17 (IANS) Former India cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin, who recently joined the Congress party, has not found a place in the list of candidates finalised by the party for all 42 Lok Sabha seats from the state.

The former cricketer Tuesday told reporters that he would like to focus on campaigning for the party rather than contesting elections. “I will abide by whatever decision the party leadership takes,” he said.

Congress sources said the party leadership has decided not to field him for any parliamentary constituency. The central leadership Monday night cleared names of all candidates but a formal announcement was yet to be made.

There was speculation that Azharuddin would get the party ticket for the Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency but the party leadership reportedly decided to re-nominate sitting MP Anjan Kumar Yadav.

According to some reports, Azharuddin might be fielded from Mahabubnagar Lok Sabha seat if Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhara Rao decides to contest from there. The Congress feels that Azharuddin could garner the sizeable Muslim votes in the constituency.

Azharuddin, who was banned for life for his alleged role in match fixing, plans to campaign for the Congress party across the country.

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