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Upper House for Azhar in TS, Centre?

Upper House for Azhar in TS, Centre?Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin calling on TRS working president and Minister K T Rama Rao on Saturday after the former was elected president of the HCA
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Former Indian Captain Mohammad Azharuddin, who got elected as president of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), is likely to get another plum post, according to speculations making rounds in political circles.

Hyderabad: Former Indian Captain Mohammad Azharuddin, who got elected as president of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), is likely to get another plum post, according to speculations making rounds in political circles.

It is said that Azhar would be either sent to Rajya Sabha by TRS or he will be given the post of MLC and would be asked to take up the responsibility of strengthening the party in Greater Hyderabad limits.

It may be mentioned here that on Friday when Azhar was asked if he was quitting Congress, he ducked a reply and said that he was speaking only about sports and not politics since HCA was a place for sports and not politics.

But at the same time, he said that KCR was the boss of the state giving rise to speculations that he was about to join TRS. In the backdrop of his meeting with TRS working president K T Rama Rao on Saturday assumed importance.

However, speaking to newsmen after meeting, Azharuddin said that it was a courtesy call and they did not discuss politics.

The former captain said he sought the government's support for his efforts to promote the game of cricket. He claimed that Rama Rao assured him full support from the government.

The minister also told him that the government is giving priority to sports. He would also meet Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and seek his blessings for the efforts to improve the standards of Hyderabad cricket, he added.

"We can achieve the goal only by working together," he said. Azharuddin was accompanied by five other office-bearers of HCA, who were elected from his panel in Friday's elections.

With his election as HCA president, Azharuddin will be beginning a new innings, nearly two decades after he was banned from playing cricket for his alleged involvement in match fixing.

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