India news May 16, 2014

Mixed fortunes for cricketers, administrators in India's elections

ESPNcricinfo staff

Narendra Modi, the president of the Gujarat Cricket Association, is set to become India's prime minister after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the 2014 general elections by a single-party majority. Modi, who contested from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Vadodara in Gujarat, won both seats by big margins, even as other BCCI administrators and former cricketers had mixed results.

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin and former batsman, Mohammad Kaif, both representing the Congress party, ended up on the losing side.

Kaif, who is an active domestic cricketer for Uttar Pradesh, had contested the election from the Phulpur constituency in the state. He polled less than a lakh votes and finished a distant fourth as the seat was eventually won by the BJP candidate Keshav Prasad Maurya.

Azharuddin, meanwhile, was contesting his second Lok Sabha election. The former India captain had been elected from the parliamentary constituency of Moradabad, UP in 2009, but chose to contest from the Tonk-Sawai Madhopur seat in Rajasthan. Azharuddin got over four lakh votes but was beaten by the BJP candidate Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria.

Former allrounder Kirti Azad, who was a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad, representing the BJP, won the election from the Darbhanga constituency in Bihar for the third time.

The politician-administrators in the BCCI had a mixed day. BJP's Arun Jaitley, who had stepped down as BCCI vice-president last year to focus on the general elections, lost in Amritsar to former Punjab chief minister Captain Amrinder Singh. Incidentally, the BJP had nominated Jaitley as its candidate for the seat over former batsman Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Anurag Thakur, Jaitley's party colleague and joint secretary of the BCCI, was elected from the Hamirpur constituency in Himachal Pradesh for his third term in the lower house of parliament.

Presidents of two state associations were also in the fray during the elections. Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association president Farooq Abdullah lost the Srinagar parliamentary constituency, but Jyotiraditya Scindia, who heads the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association and also served on various committees in the BCCI, won by a big margin in Guna, Madhya Pradesh.

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  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    also ACA hon.secretary G Ganga raju won from bjp in Narsapuram seat in Andhra

  • Android on May 17, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    concentrate more on cricket KAIF!!! he is a good domestic player based on his previous seasons stats.....

  • Nirmal on May 17, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Now that Kaif's political career is on a break he should be available for selection in next domestic season. As he got no bidder in IPL auction, he has utilized spare time realy well.

  • Android on May 17, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    and if there is no rule for Mumbai Indian to sign him then DD should sign him...they have an option to pick him instead of injured tiwary..they need a good thinking captain as well as a hard hitting finisher...and they should keep him for next season too...then surely they will make it to the play offs...may be to the tittle too..who knows

  • Android on May 17, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    since mohd kaif is back in cricket mumbai indians should sign him immediately....he will be like wat dhoni is to csk...he can be a good finisher as well as an intelligent captain... mi team:Simmons,Hussey,Rayudu,Rohit,Gautam,Kaif(c),Pollard,harbhajan,Bumrah,Santokie

  • Ishfaaq on May 16, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    That's the first time I saw a political report on this site.

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