Bharatiya Janta Party under the leadership of Narendra Modi (who is also GCA president) have swept the general elections of 2014. In this article we will look at how cricketers and cricket administrators across the party line fared in this election?
India’s PM-elect Narendra Modi, who is also the president of the Gujarat Cricket Association, has won from both the seats – Vadadora and Varanasi – by big margins, but other BCCI administrators and former cricketers were not so lucky.
Talking of Mohammad Kaif, who is still playing domestic cricketer for Uttar Pradesh, who, contested the election from the Phulpur in the UP in the state. He amassed less than a one lakh votes and eventually finished aloof fourth as the seat went to the BJP candidate – Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Azharuddin, was contesting his Lok Sabha election for the second time. The former India captain was an elected MP from the parliamentary seat of Moradabad, UP in 2009, but decided to contest from the Tonk-Sawai Madhopur seat in Rajasthan in 2014. Azharuddin, though, managed to get over four lakh votes but was defeated by the BJP’s Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria.
Now onto Bihar where former allrounder and well-known face on TV – Kirti Azad, who was part of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad, fighting on the BJP ticket, won the election from the Darbhanga constituency for the consecutive third time.
After Narendra Modi, another administrator from the BCCI, Arun Jaitely, had to face a loss. BJP’s Arun Jaitley, who earlier had stepped down as BCCI vice-president last year to play more active role in politics, lost in Amritsar to former Punjab chief minister Captain Amrinder Singh.
Ironically, the BJP had nominated Jaitley from the seat where former Indian batsman and well-known TV commentator Navjot Singh Sidhu was an MP.
Anurag Thakur, joint-secretary BCCI, on the other hand, was elected from the Hamirpur constituency in Himachal Pradesh for a third consecutive term in the Loksabha on BJP ticket.
Meanwhile, Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association president and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah lost the Srinagar parliamentary seat, but Jyotiraditya Scindia, who also is the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association chief, won by a huge margin in Guna- Madhya Pradesh on a Congress party ticket.