There was a long chain of cars and motorbikes parked outside a hall in Moradabad town in Uttar Pradesh. But unless one peeked inside, there was nothing to hint that the man at the centre of all this attention was cricket star-turned-politician Mohammed Azharuddin!
Azharuddin is the Congress candidate from Moradabad, but there were no party banners outside the hall. Two cars carried small party flags. Inside too, there was just one poster put up by the party workers of Moradabad district.
Though the hall was jam-packed, most of those present said they had come to have a glimpse of the former Indian cricket captain - and were not really interested in party deliberations!
Image: Congress candidate Mohd Azharuddin addresses an election rally at Thakurdwara in Moradabad on Thursday, April 9, 2009. (Copyright PTI. Unauthorised reproduction is prohibited.)
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