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Samity plea to withhold results

Kokrajhar, May 13: The Janajati Suraksha Samity and members of Scheduled Tribe had urged the chief election commissioner to withhold election results of Kokrajhar (ST) constituency till the verdict on the validity of the ST certificate of Naba Kumar Sarania (Hira Sarania), a former Ulfa leader who is contesting the seat as an Independent, is out.

In a letter to the poll official, the indigenous organisation urged the commissioner to withhold the election result of Kokrajhar seat considering the fact that there is “valid” ground for cancellation of the certificate.

The letter was signed by Scheduled Tribe members — Janaklal Basumatary (retd IRS), Karuna Kanta Basumatary (advocate) and Samity president Bijan Kumar Brahma. It said the countersigning authority of the ST certificate of Sarania, Tamalpur SDO (civil), had told them that he has sought instructions from higher authorities regarding the Samity’s earlier request to cancel the certificate issued by the All Assam Tribal Sangha. The SDO has also said he has kept in abeyance, till further orders, countersigning of ST certificates to other members of the Sarania community.

The organisation also said it was considering a civil suit soon for cancellation of the certificate.

The organisations said Sarania Kacharis (the community Sarania belongs to) are not notified as ST.

under Article 342 (1) (2) of the Constitution and not enlisted in the ST list of Assam as per the constitutional order of 1950.