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Mooshahary shuns AAP but in fray

Kokrajhar, Jan. 15: Former Meghalaya governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary today said he would contest the ensuing parliamentary elections from Kokrajhar constituency and also made it clear that he would not join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

He hails from Kokrajhar district in Assam.

Talking to reporters in Kokrajhar, Mooshahary said: “I have decided to contest from Kokrajhar this time. The present political scenario is quite favourable to me.”

He, however, said he is yet to decide on which party ticket he would contest the Lok Sabha polls.

“The public in Kokrajhar want me as Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary. They are not concerned about which party I am contesting for. They first want me as a human being and the party is secondary. I have yet to decide on joining any party. I can contest even as an Independent candidate,” he said.

Mooshahary said he had earlier zeroed in on three constituencies — Kokrajhar, Guwahati and Mangaldoi. “Now I have decided to fight as an Independent from Kokrajhar constituency. But as an Independent I will not contest from Guwahati.”

He said he was not joining the AAP as “the party has at present no strategy to contest parliamentary polls. It is not right to join the AAP and contest elections on an AAP ticket”. The former Meghalaya governor had recently visited AAP’s office in Guwahati triggering speculation that he may join the fledgling party.

Mooshahary said there is a need of a powerful regional political party in the state that will understand the hopes and aspirations of the people.

He also served as the director-general of National Security Guards and the BSF.

Mooshahary’s IPS career spanned 39 years — from 1967 to 2006. He took over as Meghalaya governor in July 2008 and demitted office in July last year.