Drawing fresh allegations against Bollywood actor-turned-politician Govinda, former Union minister and Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has said that the actor took the help of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to defeat him in 2004 Lok Sabha elections from Virar constituency.
Naik made the allegations in his recently released memoir Chaireveti, Chaireveti (Keep Moving). The Marathi book chronicles his political career and life.
In the book, Naik says that despite being a three-time Member of Parliament and his dedication towards his constituency, it was difficult for him to accept his defeat with a margin of over 11,000 votes.
He has also alleged that Govinda was friends with Dawood and Hiten Thakur(builder) and that Govinda use to terrorise voters.
The actor, however, has denied all charges. "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 told the Times of India.