Apparently angry with the BJP for denying him a ticket to contest the Indore Municipal Corporation elections, Malegaon blast accused Shyamlal Sahu has filed his nomination as an Independent candidate from Ward No 55.
The 48-year-old resident of south Tukoganj, who has spent nearly three years in jail in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blast, was released on bail in 2011. The trial in the case is ongoing at a special court in Mumbai.
“I am hoping that the BJP will ask its official candidate to withdraw from the fray on the last day of withdrawal,” Sahu told The Indian Express. “If I am being denied a ticket because of the ongoing trial, it is wrong as many MLAs and MPs of all parties are also facing trial. Even Amit Shah and Narendra Modi have faced charges,” he said.
Sahu, who runs a mobile shop in Indore, had sought a BJP ticket in the past for himself. During the last municipal polls, he also wanted ticket for his wife as the ward was reserved for women. “I have supporters and should have been fielded. I don’t know why the Sangathan changed its mind,’’ he said, calling himself as an RSS worker.
Sahu has been charged with aiding Sadhvi Pragya Singh, who is in jail. “Being an RSS activist I was in touch with her and several others but that does not make me guilty,” he said, alleging that he was framed by investigating agencies during the Congress regime even though they had no evidence against him.
Sahu’s advocate Vikram Dubey said his client’s challenge to the application of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act in his case is pending in the Supreme Court.