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Saturday , March 8 , 2014
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Non-Bodo groups bicker over candidate

Bongaigaon, March 7: Differences have cropped up between the Oboro Suraksha Samiti and the Jonogosthiyo Oikyo Moncho over candidature for Kokrajhar Lok Sabha seat, reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates, in the BTAD.

Samiti chief secretary Dilwar Hussain today said they have declared Hira Sarania, a pro-talks Ulfa leader, their ca-ndidate for the seat a couple of days ago at a meeting in Bijni.

Leaders of the Moncho said they have not decided their candidate for the seat yet but they cannot accept Hira Sarania as their candidate.

Mancha president Hiteswar Barman, who also leads a faction of All Koch-Rajbongshi Students Union (AKRSU), said they would fin-alise their candidate at a meeting in Kokrajhar tomorrow.

Barman said projecting a pro-talks Ulfa leader for the seat is the unilateral decision of the Samiti, which might not be supported by other members of the Moncho, a platform, which Oboro Suraksha Samiti is a part of.

The secretary of the Moncho, Motiur Rahman, said, “We had listed three probable contenders, including Hira Sarania for the Kokrajhar seat. We would select one among the three consulting our 27 allies and make his name public at a rally.”

Some Moncho allies have decided not to back Sarania because of his alleged involvement in killing people in some lower Assam districts.

Dilwar Hussain, the chief secretary of the Samiti, said, “Whatever be the decision of Jonogosthiyo Oikyo Moncho, we will field Hira Sarania for Kokrajhar Lok Sabha seat. The Samiti has taken this decision to protect the interest of 22 lakh non-Bodo population in BTAD against probable Bodo People’s Front candidate Sansuma Khungur Bismuthiary in Kokrajhar,” said Dilwar Hussain.

Hussain also said the Samiti would support candidates of the political party, which commits to facilitate the demands of the Samiti in Barpeta, Dhubri and Mangaldai Lok Sabha seats.

Barman said the Moncho would chalk out the strategy for Mangaldoi Lok Sabha constituency besides finalising candidates for the Kokrjhar Lok Sabha seat tomorrow.