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Ranchi, Dec. 5: Jharkhand State Cricket Association president Amitabh Choudhary, having proven his mettle in the cricket field, is now trying his luck in political arena.

Today, he took out a rally to “evoke consciousness” among common voters, exhorting residents to make “wise selections” during elections to bring about “positive change and all-round growth” in the state.

Choudhary’s rally began from Sainik Colony near Booty More and covered around 10km, before culminating in an informal public meeting at Karamtoli Chowk.

“Political parties may be playing a crucial role in democracy, but selection of right candidates is the most important issue. I have only launched a campaign to evoke consciousness among the voters. We have termed it ‘jago matdata jago’,” he told The Telegraph.

Along the route, his followers raised slogans and urged people to support him in mainstream politics as well.

Choudhary quit the Indian Police Service recently, apparently to enter active politics. He has been in regular touch with several political parties, and is weighing his options at the moment.

When asked, he refused to divulge anything. However, he has been seen campaigning in different parts of Ranchi Lok Sabha constituency in recent weeks.

Replying to another question, he said initially the rally was to march up to Albert Ekka Chowk. But, the Ranchi district administration granted him permission to go only up to Karamtoli Chowk.