Veteran BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has alleged that Bollywood actor and former MP Govinda took underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and builder Hiten Thakur’s help to defeat him in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.
As per Times of India report, Naik has revealed the point in his memoir Chaireveti, Chaireveti (Keep Moving) written in Marathi, which was released last week in Mumbai.
The former union minister has also revealed that it was extremely difficult for him to except the defeat by just 11,000 votes, despite being a three-time MP.
“I have no hesitation in bringing this on record that Govinda had contacts with dons like Dawood and Hiten Thakur, who later became an MLA. He used their muscle power to poll votes against me and in his favour,” Naik told the daily.
Meanwhile, Govinda has denied the allegations and said that it was the people who help them to win. He told to daily, “Does Ram Naik mean that the people of the constituency were sold into the hands of the underworld? Please do not insult anyone by saying such things.”