Meraj Khalid Noor
() is a man from Bihar
whose claim to fame was his looks, which resembled those of international terrorist Osama Bin Laden
Meraj Khalid Noor is a young man from Narpat Ganj in Bihar. He had sought an election ticket from Ram Vilas Paswan
on the ground that he looked like Osama, but Paswan turned it down. Instead, he got Noor to campaign for his Lok Jana Shakti Party in 2005 Bihar elections. With this endorsement, Paswan hoped to attract the Muslim votebank from his rival Lalu Prasad Yadav
When Paswan was asked by a news agency if it was proper to try and attract minority voters by lionising the symbol of international terror, he replied by saying that the man who looked like Osama was the son of his close friend.
Paswan further added that the Osama factor would work for him among the rural Muslims the way the Communist Party of India
gained favour during the first Gulf War
by supporting Saddam Hussein
On another occasion, Paswan explained that the action of using an Osama look alike for his election campaign is not to terrorise any section of voters, but actually to comfort the minorities that it is he, and not Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav, who is the greater champion of Muslims.
Noor later associated himself with Lalu Prasad Yadav
and his political party Rashtriya Janata Dal
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