JNU leader Umar Khalid's attacker gets Shiv Sena ticket

The Shiv Sena has offered a ticket to Naveen Dalal who had attacked former JNU student Umar Khalid at the Constitution Club in Delhi on August 13 last year
Last Updated : 10 October 2019, 02:05 IST
Last Updated : 10 October 2019, 02:05 IST

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Naveen Dalal, accused in an attack on former JNU student leader Umar Khalid in Delhi last year, is contesting the Haryana Assembly polls on a Shiv Sena ticket from Bahadurgarh.

The self-proclaimed 'gau rakshak' (cow protector) said he joined the Shiv Sena six months ago because he felt parties like the BJP and the Congress only did "politics in the name of cows, farmers, martyrs and the poor".

"I joined this party because its policies and stand on these and other issues are clear," he said on Wednesday.

Dalal, 29, said he had been fighting for issues like cow protection for the past ten years.

"I felt that parties like the BJP and the Congress only do politics in the name of cows, farmers," he said.

Dalal said the support of the people motivated him to join politics.

"I got so much support from the people of my constituency. They motivated me to join politics so that I could vigorously take up the causes close to my heart as I could get a bigger platform," he said over the phone.

From the Bahadurgarh assembly seat, Dalal faces ruling BJP's sitting MLA Naresh Kaushik, the Congress' Rajinder Singh Joon, the INLD's Nafe Singh Rathee among other the 20 contestants.

Dalal, along with another man, had allegedly attacked Khalid at the Constitution Club in Delhi on August 13 last year.

The two men were later arrested from Fatehabad in Haryana's Hisar district and both had claimed that they were cow vigilantes and wanted to draw attention towards the protection of the animal.

The duo had told police that they had planned to disrupt the event 'Khauff se Azaadi' (Freedom from Fear) that was being held at the Constitution Club.

When asked about the incident, Dalal, who is currently on bail in the case, said he would not like to talk about it now as he was busy in election campaigning.

In his poll affidavit, Dalal has mentioned about the Delhi incident and two more cases pending against him.

Published 10 October 2019, 02:05 IST

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