Former Karnataka medium pacer Doddanarsaiah Ganesh joined the Janata Dal (Secular) on Wednesday in the presence of Mohammed Azharuddin, his first captain in the four Tests he played for India.
But it was Azharuddin who’s grabbing all the eyeballs. His sudden interest in the JD(S) and the promise of a Rs 10 crore donation to Ganesh have set tongues wagging as to whether there is more to this than meets the eye.
“Some national parties had invited me after I expressed interest in joining politics while announcing my retirement from the game. But it was “Ajju” bhai who advised me to join the JD(S),” Ganesh said.
“He (Azhar) is like my elder brother… He has promised to give me Rs 10 crore for contesting the election,” Ganesh said. “I am a poor man. I have made name, not money.”
Azharuddin, while wishing his friend good luck, clarified that he has no plans to enter politics. “I request the media not to speculate anything. There is nothing more or nothing less than this,” he said.
Question No 32 on the Election Commission’s FAQs reads, “What is the limit for expenditure for an Assembly constituency in the bigger States?”
Answer: The limit of election expenditure for an assembly constituency in the bigger states is Rs. 10 lakh. Even if H.D. Deve Gowda magnanimously puts up Ganesh from a Lok Sabha constituecy, the expense limit is Rs 25 lakh.
So is Azhar giving Ganesh Rs 10 crore to fight an election? Or is this advance booking for something else? What?