|Independent candidate Urkhao Gwra Brahma arrives to file his nomination papers in Kokrajhar on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos
Kokrajhar/Dhubri April 3: Former Rajya Sabha MP Urkhao Gwra Brahma and pro-talks Ulfa leader Hira Sarania filed their nominations here in Kokrajhar today.
Brahma, the consensus Independent candidate of the All Bodo Students Union (Absu) and its allied organisations — the BPPF, UDPF, the Peoples’ Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM) and NDFB (P) was accompanied by Absu president Pramod Boro, BPPF president Rabiram Narzary, UDPF president Pradip Kumar Daimary, Absu adviser Rwngwra Narzary and thousands of supporters.
Naba Kumar Sarania aka Hira Sarania, a consensus candidate of Jonogosthiyo Oikyo Moncho, was accompanied by AKRSU president Hiteswar Barman, leaders of All BTAD Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) and over 5,000 supporters.
Brahma said the mistrust among the communities in the Bodo belt was a matter of concern and there was a need to change the political approach to tackle the situation.
Sarania said his main poll agenda would be safety and security of the people. “The people in the area are seeking a change and asked me to lead them. I will speak for the oppressed people and work for their rights.”
Sarania said he would oppose further bifurcation of the state. He, however, said he would take up the issue of Kamtapur as demanded by the Koch Rajbongshis.
Besides Urkhao Gwra Brahma and Hira Sarania in Kokrajhar, former Meghalaya governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary is contesting on a Trinamul Congress ticket. Salkhan Murmu of Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) also filed his nomination papers yesterday.
Chandan Brahma of Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) is likely to file his nomination paper tomorrow.
Rebel BPF leader and four-time sitting MP Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmuthiary and Sabda Rabha are also contesting as Independents and are likely to file nominations tomorrow or day after tomorrow.
In Dhubri, SUCI candidate Surat Jaman Mondal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Ajmal Hussain filed their nominations.
SUCI members took out a procession in the town with the candidate from Srimanta Sankardev Sishu Udyan here.
After filing the nomination, Surat Jaman Mondal, while talking to The Telegraph, expressed deep concern over the condition of democracy, which was going beyond for the common men to participate in it.
“All elections in this democracy have become costly. Still we are trying to put forward our fight on behalf of the voiceless people.”
Mondal said they raised the issues of nearly 1.5 lakh D-voters in Assam.
“It is ridiculous that a criminal languishing in jail is allowed to contest election and D-voters are barred from participating in the polls,” Mondal said.
AAP candidate Ajmal Hussain said he was getting overwhelming support of the people and had a fair chance of winning.