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Azhar’s plan to contest from Secunderabad, Congress in turmoil

Hyderabad, July 16: Former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin’s plans to contest from Secunderabad Lok Sabha seat threw the Congress party into turmoil on Monday with the former MP Anjan Kumar Yadav declaring that he will not give up his claim to the constituency.

Supporters of Yadav disrupted a meeting of party’s Greater Hyderabad unit on Monday, shouting slogans against Azharuddin. They opposed any move to field the former cricketer from Secunderabad.

Yadav’s group resorted to the protest in presence of All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary N. S. Bose Raju and President of party’s Telangana unit Uttam Kumar Reddy. Former Union Minister Sarve Satyanarayana tried to pacify the protestors by stating that Secunderabad seat belongs to Yadav.

Amid the chaos, senior party leader V. Hanumantha Rao left the meeting in a huff. Later, Yadav, who was recently appointed as the president of party’s Greater Hyderabad unit, told reporters that he will contest from Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency in the coming elections. Yadav was elected from Secunderabad constituency in 2004 and 2009 but lost to BJP’s Bandaru Dattatreya in 2014.

The Congress leader said he would extend support to Azharuddin if he contests from Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency. In the previous elections, Azharuddin’s name was doing rounds as possible candidate from Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency, which is represented by Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi. (IANS)