Kirti Azad drops hints of contesting 2019 Lok Sabha polls on Congress ticket

"I have not been given a chance to speak to the party's top leadership though it has been nearly three years since I was placed under suspension," the cricketer-turned-politician said venting grudge against his own party.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 14, 2018 6:31:41 pm
Kirti Azad drops hints of contesting 2019 Lok Sabha polls on Congress ticket Asked about his future plans, Azad said “the people of my constituency want me to fight in 2019. So I will be fighting the next general elections from Darbhanga itself. And I will fight on the ticket of a national party.” PTI Photo by Vijay Verma

Dropping hints of joining Congress, suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad on Thursday praised party president Rahul Gandhi and at the same time said he would like to contest the next Lok Sabha elections from his Darbhanga constituency on the ticket of a national party.

“Rahul Gandhi has been very effectively raising a number of issues concerning the common people. Under his leadership, the Congress appears to be regaining lost ground. This must sound like alarm bells for those who are in power,” said Azad who was suspended from BJP for leveling allegations against Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in connection with alleged irregularities in the Delhi Cricket Association.

“I have not been given a chance to speak to the party’s top leadership though it has been nearly three years since I was placed under suspension,” the cricketer-turned-politician said venting grudge against his own party.

Asked about his future plans, Azad said “the people of my constituency want me to fight in 2019. So I will be fighting the next general elections from Darbhanga itself. And I will fight on the ticket of a national party.”

When asked which national party was he referring to, the Darbhanga MP whose late father Bhagwat Jha Azad was a veteran Congress leader and also served as Chief Minister of Bihar for a brief period, cryptically remarked that there are only two national parties in the country the BJP and the Congress.

(With PTI inputs)

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