BAHADURGARH: 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, Congress’ Rajinder Singh Joon, INLD’s Nafe Singh Rathee among other the 20 contestants.