Vinod Kambli joins politics

Published: Thursday, February 5, 2009, 12:24 [IST]
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Vinod Kambli forays into politics

Mumbai: Former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli began his political innings on Wednesday after he announced that he would be joining the Lok Bharti party, led by Maharashtra Legislative Council member Kapil Patil.

Education would be the focus of Mr. Kambli"s political enterprise.

He also declared the launch of a new sports academy in collaboration with journalist Dwarkanath Sanzgiri, at a media conference here.

After the November 26 terror attacks, citizens of Mumbai, including myself, felt the need for a change and are demanding new politics. Hence I decided to be part of it and joined politics," Kambli told reporters.

The former left-handed batsman claimed to have received invitations to join big national parties but decided to spurn the offers and join the Lok Bharati. "I had invitations from other parties for plum posts, but I chose Lok Bharati as I have seen them work closely.

They have worked immensely to spread awareness about education," said the player, who added, he himself had failed in the SSC exam

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