Some of the party workers burnt posters in Tonk and held demonstrations at Patel Circle on Wednesday.  Similar opposition to Azharuddin's candidature has been reported from areas like Malpura and Sawai Madhopur.

"There is no dearth of good local candidates including Muslims in our area. We don’t want any outsider to be imposed on us," said Naimuddin, a Congress worker.

He demanded that the party should reconsider its decision and give the ticket to a local candidate.

“The party workers are feeling let down and there is no enthusiasm. If the ticket is offered to a local candidate then the workers will work for the victory of the candidate,” said another party worker.

“We don't want any parachute candidate. It will be really difficult for us to give our 100 percent in the case of Azhar,” added another party worker.

Azharuddin had contested the last Lok Sabha polls in 2009 from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh. Despite these oppositions, Azhar is confident of returning to the Parliament for a second term.

"I was happy serving the Moradabad constituency and now the party wants me to shift to Sawai Madhopur and I am prepared for the long haul,” he said.

Tonk-Sawai Madhopur has large number of minority voters.

(Agencies)

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