Azhar takes the plunge,joins Cong

Putting an end to speculation regarding his entry into politics,former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:February 20, 2009 12:14 am

Putting an end to speculation regarding his entry into politics,former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin on Thursday joined the Congress and met party president Sonia Gandhi. “I am quite happy to be in front of a large gathering after a long time. I was described as the ‘child of destiny’,now destiny has played here again and I am in front of you,” he said at the Congress headquarter in the Capital after the formal announcement of his induction.

“I have been an admirer of the Congress party for its role in the Indian independence movement and nation building after independence,” said Azharuddin reminiscing how it was former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who spoke to him first after his record in 1985.

The former Indian captain parried questions regarding allegations about his role in the match-fixing scandal saying “Anybody can speak anything,but I am not here to compete with what others say. I have to take them in my stride.”

Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily,who inducted him into the party,defended Azharuddin on the issue saying,“There is no case pending against Azharuddin in any court in the country.”

Azharuddin played down speculation about him contesting from Hyderabad in the coming Lok Sabha election leaving it to the party to take a decision even as the Congress indicated that Azharuddin may campaign for the party.

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