Azad wants to contest from J&K
Unlike some union ministers who are reluctant to fight the coming Lok Sabha elections, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has thrown his hat in the ring.chandigarh Updated: Mar 15, 2014 20:40 IST
Unlike some union ministers who are reluctant to fight the coming Lok Sabha elections, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has thrown his hat in the ring.
Congress sources said Azad, who is serving his fourth term in the Rajya Sabha, is keen to contest from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir. The seat is currently held by his party colleague Lal Singh.
Azad, who has never represented J&K in the Lok Sabha and was twice elected to the House from Washim in Maharashtra, has been touring Udhampur for several months.
A section of the Congress has been demanding that all union ministers irrespective of being Rajya Sabha members should contest this summer's polls. Some, including GK Vasan, have opted out while others are looking for "safe" seats.
Congress general secretary CP Joshi is likely to shift from Bhilwara to Jaipur Rural. Sources said Joshi, a Brahmin, wants to fight from a constituency with a sizeable Brahmin voter segment.
The sources said union culture minister and Jodhpur MP Chandresh Kumari Katoch wants to shift to Kangra in Himachal Pradesh but the party has fielded Chander Kumar from the seat.