In a shocking revelation, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has alleged that Bollywood actor Govinda took underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and builder Hiten Thakur’s help to defeat him in Mumbai North in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.
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Naik made the charge in his memoir, Chaireveti, Chaireveti (Keep Moving), written in Marathi and released in Mumbai on April 25. The BJP leader mentioned that despite being three-time MP and having contributed so much to Mumbai, he was unable to digest his defeat by a margin of 11,000 votes.
He wrote that Govinda was friends with Dawood and Thakur and he (Govinda) used them to terrorise voters.
Govinda, however, refuted the charges and said people ensured his victory. “I did not need anyone’s support at that time. By saying such things, 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,” Govinda said.
“At this juncture, when I am coming back into films, I humbly request Ram Naik not to damage my name and create hurdles in my work,” he said.
Naik mentioned that a TV channel campaigned against him during the polls.