KOKRAJHAR: Former Rajya Sabha MP Urkhao Gwra Brahma-led United People's Party Liberal ( UPPL ) on Thursday said it will contest from Kokrajhar and Mangaldoi seats in the Lok Sabha elections in Assam .
The decision to fight only two seats out of the 14 in the state was taken during a meeting of the party's executive committee at Kajalgain in Chirang district.
"We have decided to contest in Kokrajhar and Mangaldoi constituencies in the coming polls. We are sure that we will win both the seats," Brahma, also a Sahitya Akademi awardee, told PTI.
For the Kokrajhar (ST) seat, Brahma will contest himself, while former All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) vice-president Pradip Daimary will fight from Mangaldoi.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Brahma contested as an Independent from Kokrajhar and came second with 2.79 lakh votes. Independent Naba Kumar Sarania, a former Ulfa militant, had recorded a massive victory with 6.34 lakh votes.
Polling in Mangaldoi (17.75 lakh voters) and Kokrajhar (17.49 lakh voters) will take place on April 18 and April 23 respectively.