New Delhi :
In a major development ahead of Assembly elections, the Congress has appointed former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin as the working president of Telangana Congress Committee. In an official communique released on Friday, Congress national general secretary Ashok Gehlot said that party president Rahul GandhiÂ has approved the appointment of Azharuddin as the working president of the Grand Old Party's Telangana unit. Apart from Azharuddin, the Congress president has also appointed BM Vinod Kumar and Jaffer Javed as the vice presidents of the party's Telangana unit.
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The decision to appoint Azharuddin - a formerÂ MP fromÂ MoradabadÂ inÂ Uttar Pradesh - is seen as a strategic move by the Congress partyÂ before the December 7 Assembly elections and next year's generalÂ elections. AzharuddinÂ had recentlyÂ disclosed his intention to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Secunderabad Parliamentary constituency in his home state Telangana.
Among those appointed new general secretaries ofÂ TelanganaÂ Pradesh Congress are Jagadeeshwara Rao, Nagesh Mudiraj, T Narsa Reddy, Manavatha Roy, Faheem, Kailash, Laxma Reddy and Krishank.
Telangana is scheduled to go to polls on December 7 and the Congress has forged an alliance with Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the state to wrest power from K Chandrasekhar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government.