Meraj Khalid Noor, popularly known as Bihar's Osama bin Laden due to his uncanny resemblance to the late al-Qaeda leader, yesterday announced that he would contest the Lok Sabha poll against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from Varanasi.
“I have decided to contest polls against Modi from Varanasi,” said Noor, who is president of Ram India, a newly floated political outfit.
“After much thought I decided to fight against Modi,” Noor told IANS.
Patna—based Noor was once the darling of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former chief minister Lalu Prasad and the Lok Janshakti Party's (LJP) Ram Vilas Paswan to woo Muslim voters.
Noor is tall, well built and sports a long black beard. Like the now dead al-Qaeda chief, he is always seen in white robes and a turban to match. The al-Qaeda leader was gunned down by US commandos in his hideout in Pakistan in May 2011.
Noor admitted then it was his mere resemblance to the world's then most wanted man that was capitalised on as “I am neither a good speaker nor a leader with any support base”.
In Patna and across Bihar, people don't know his real name. Everyone calls him bin Laden.