Denied Congress ticket, Suresh Kalmadi to fight as Independent?

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After being denied ticket by the party to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from here, scam-tainted Congress leader Suresh Kalmadi is now mulling to fight as an Independent candidate this time, reports said on Friday.

Although nothing is clear as yet, Kalmadi on Thursday said that he will decide his future course of action after discussions with his supporters on Friday, triggering speculation that the tainted MP from Pune may contest as an Independent.

Kalmadi told reporters that he was given a rousing reception by “thousands of his supporters” when he arrived at Pune airport yesterday after which he assured them that he will decide the future course of action after discussing the issue with them.

He was denied ticket in view of the serious corruption allegations against him in connection with the preparations of Commonwealth Games of which he was the organising secretary.

Vishwajeet Kadam, who is the youth president of Congress in Maharashtra, was nominated by the party from Pune.

Kalmadi, who was Secretary of the Congress Parliamentary Party, was suspended after the CWG scam.

Kadam’s name was announced by the Congress in the third list of 58 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls that was released on Tuesday.