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Haryana polls: Shiv Sena hands ticket to man who attacked JNU’s Umar Khalid

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

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Dalal, 29, is a self-proclaimed ‘gau rakshak’ (cow protector) who joined Shiv Sena six months ago as he felt that the parties like BJP and 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.

He said that he has 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.

On Shiv Sena seat, Dalal faces the BJP’s sitting MLA Naresh Kaushik, Congress’ Rajinder Singh Joon, INLD’s Nafe Singh Rathee among other the 20 contestants.

Dalal with another man had allegedly attacked Khalid at the Constitution Club in Delhi on August 13 last year. The duo was arrested later from Fatehabad in Haryana’s Hisar district and both claimed that they were cow vigilantes and wanted to draw attention towards the protection of the animal.

They told the 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 said he would not like to talk about it now as he was busy in the election campaign.

He is currently on bail in the case. In his poll affidavit, he has mentioned about the Delhi incident and two more cases pending against him.

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