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Singer rejects AAP offer

Guwahati, March 13: Singer Manas Robin has rejected an offer by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to contest the Lok Sabha election from Kaliabor constituency where Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s son, Gaurav, is a Congress candidate.

The AAP yesterday announced its candidates for six constituencies in the state — Azmal Hussain in Dhubri, Tapan Sutabanshi in Dibrugarh, Pranjal Bordoloy in Gauhati, Manorom Gogoi in Jorhat, Tarun Kumar Das in Karimganj and Namrata Sharma in Mangaldoi.

Talking to reporters here today, Manas said he was a singer and had no intention of fighting elections.

“I earn my livelihood by singing. I have no intention of contesting elections. There have been reports that I will contest from Kaliabor constituency but it is not true,” he said.

However, he thanked the AAP for reposing faith in him that he could do “some work other than singing”.

Manas said AAP Assam state leaders approached him to fight the elections. “I received several phone calls from the AAP leaders, requesting me to contest the elections. I even had a discussion with them,” he said.

“I have clarified my stand today. During Bihu season, like other artistes I earn money by singing at different stages. But if such rumours continue, people will identify me with the AAP, which will affect my career.”

AAP’s Gauhati candidate Pranjal Bordoloy said the party was yet to decide the next list of candidates for the remaining seats. “Election expenses are too high, around Rs 10 lakh for a candidate, which has pulled us back from fielding candidates in all the constituencies, although names of probables are coming in every day.”

He added that the party would prepare its election manifesto after consulting the people.