Mumbai: Uttar Pradesh Governor and seasoned BJP campaigner Ram Naik on Tuesday accused Bollywood actor and former MP Govinda of taking underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s help to defeat him in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.
Naik, who lost to Govinda from the Mumbai North constituency in 2004, made the accusation in his memoir ‘Chaireveti, Chaireveti’, which was published on April 25.
The veteran BJP leader claimed that Govinda’s close ties with Dawood and builder Hiten Thakur helped him in winning the contest from Mumbai North.
In a report published in Times of India, Naik is quoted as saying, “He used their muscle power to poll votes against me and in his favour.”
However, refuting the allegations, Govinda told the daily, “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.”
“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 further added.