Ticket from Congress or Trinamool? Azharuddin mixes up his stance

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Kolkata, March 11: Cricketer-turned-MP Mohammed Azharuddin has reportedly approached the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to seek a ticket to contest the Lok Sabha election from a 'safe' seat in West Bengal. Azhar, who is currently the Congress MP from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, has given offer to the TMC through the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid in New Delhi to make him a candidate from Basirhat in North 24 Parganas, a Bengali daily reported.

The TMC, however, hasn't reciprocated so far. The party has already announced its candidate from the said seat and it is neither convinced with the former cricketer's role as an MP. Even the tag of a tainted player isn't working in Azhar's favour.

Subodh Kant Sahay has opposed the idea of vacating his Ranchi seat for Azhar

Azharuddin had been requesting the Congress to give him a ticket from West Bengal in the upcoming polls but according to the state Congress leadership, the former exhibited a dip in his enthusiasm after the proposal was given to the high command to make him a candidate from West Bengal. The Congress is still uncertain about Azharuddin's candidature. A section wants him to contest again from Moradabad while another wants him to fight from Ranchi in Jharkhand though the sitting MP there, Subodh Kant Sahay has expressed his strong reservation on such a decision.

Mahasweta Devi called up BJP for a ticket for her adopted daughter?

Meanwhile, West Bengal state BJP chief Rahul Sinha claimed on Monday that veteran litterateur Mahasweta Devi, who is known to be close to TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, wanted to speak to him requesting a ticket for her adopted daughter Anjali Oraon from Alipurduar in northern Bengal after the ruling party reportedly broke its promise to nominate her. The 88-year-old Magsaysay winner, however, denied it.

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