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Non-Bodos field Hira

Hira Sarania speaks at the news conference in Guwahati on Friday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati; March 14: Altogether 21 non-Bodo organisations, which are opposing Bodoland, have projected Hira Sarania to fight the Lok Sabha election from Kokrajhar constituency as an Independent candidate.

Sarania, who hails from Baksa district, had led Ulfa’s 709 battalion and been a headache for security personnel.

Talking to reporters today, Sarania said he has sought release from the pro-talks group of Ulfa, and his request was under consideration. “Now I am not associated with Ulfa. From now on I will be Naba Kumar Sarania and not Hira Sarania.”

The 21 organisations recently formed an umbrella organisation, Sanmilito Janogosthiyo Aikyomancha, and decided to project Sarania to make their voice heard in Parliament.

Although Oboro Xuraksha Xamiti, one of the organisations, had reservations on fielding Sarania, it later supported him.

“I joined Ulfa hoping that the oppressed people will get freedom. Today, I have come as a representative of the oppressed people. I promise I will raise their issues in Parliament and do my best for them. But I never hoped to become an MP one day,” Sarania said.

Spokesperson for Oikyo Moncho, Jamser Ali, said opposition to the formation of Bodoland, according ST status to Koch Rajbongshis and Santhals, permanent solution of the D-voter issue, bringing extortion, killing and kidnapping in the BTAD to an end, protection of land rights to all and giving adequate compensation to riot-affected families in the BTAD will be some of their major poll planks.