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Will support Congress candidate Vishwajeet Kadam from Pune: Kalmadi

In an attempt to change its image ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress denied ticket to Commonwealth Games scam accused Kalmadi.

Updated:March 25, 2014, 5:07 PM IST
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Will support Congress candidate Vishwajeet Kadam from Pune: Kalmadi
In an attempt to change its image ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress denied ticket to Commonwealth Games scam accused Kalmadi.
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New Delhi: Congress leader and sitting MP from Pune Suresh Kalmadi on Tuesday said that he will officially support the party's candidate from his constituency. Congress has fielded Dr Vishwajeet Kadam from Pune.

In an attempt to change its image ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress denied ticket to Commonwealth Games scam accused Kalmadi. There were speculations that Kalmadi may even contest as an Independent candidate from Pune.

Here is the text of the letter:

Member of Parliament (LS)
March 25, 2014

I am announcing my unconditional support to young candidate from the Congress party in Pune Lok Sabha constituency, Dr Vishwajeet Kadam, and appeal to all to make him victorious it was imperative for me to take a stand as the Member of Parliament who was elected many times from Pune. But I always respect the party workers. I thought it essential to communicate with thousands of workers who followed me like shadow during my long political sojourn and have dialogue with them. Then I had many meetings with the workers for last many days. I also had consultations with many people working in social field. All of them left the final decision to me, it gives me immense pleasure to take the stand of supporting Dr. Vishwajeet Kadann and announce the same in the best interest of Pune's future development.

Pune's development has always remained my passion and our Pune, which is turning more and more cosmopolitan, is fast heading towards becoming a globe city. During this time, I could bring many ambitious projects to Pune while maintaining its 'Puneness' and implement them. I brought the fund of whooping Rs 2500 crore for Pune's development through Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission phase - I. I was the only MP in the country to have brought such huge amount of fund for city's development. I am very satisfied that this provided a good impetus to the Pune's development. I was also successful to get the ambitious Metro rail approved after relentless efforts for 13 years which can ease Pune's traffic problems. Development is a perpetual process and I expect that Dr Vishwajeet Kadam will also maintain speed of Pune's development and will take efforts to bring huge funds for the development of infrastructure amenities in Pune through JNNURM Phase II. I kept the focus on providing free houses to slum dwellers, to enhancing their standard of living and providing flats in affordable prices to mi idle class and I expect that this work should continue further. Besides this, I am confident that he will emphasize on strengthening Pune's tradition of religious harmony while taking all religions and castes together.

I have an emotional attachment with Pune. I always strove to keep Pune's name high. I am indebted to Puneites. I always received love and affection from Puneites. I will remain available even in future to the Puneites.

Suresh Kalmadi
Member of Parliament

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