New Delhi: Days ahead of Telangana Assembly Election 2018, former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin has been appointed as the working president of Congress in the state. Also Read - Mohammad Azharuddin on His Ban From Cricket, Finishing at 99 Tests, Importance of Fielding in Modern Day Cricket
“Extremely humbled to be appointed as the Working President – TPCC would like to thank Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for haiving faith in me. Will work tirelessly towards the uplifment and prosperity of Telangana and its people,” said the cricket-turned-politician, after his appointment as TPCC chief. Also Read - Selectors Will Look at Dhoni's Performance Before Including Him in Team: Mohammad Azharuddin
Azharuddin was an MP from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh in 2009, after he joined the Congress in the same year. He again unsuccessfully contested the 2014 election from Rajasthan’s Tonk-Sawai Madhopur constituency in 2014. The former cricketer, who hails from Hyderabad, is seeking to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Secunderabad constituency in Telangana.
The party also announced BM Vinod Kumar and Jaffer Javed as the state unit’s Vice Presidents.
Telangana will go to polls on December 7 and the counting of votes would be held on December 11. The Congress party has forged an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the state to oust the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led Government of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). The 119-member Assembly was dissolved on September 6 on the recommendation of the TRS government, more than eight months ahead of the expiry of its term, paving the way for early elections.