Noida: Rupendra Rana, one of the accused in Dadri lynching case in which 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was killed on the suspicion of consuming beef, will be contesting the Lok Sabha Election 2019 from Noida as a Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena (UPNS) candidate. A few days ago, the outfit had offered a ticket to the Rajsamand lynching accused Shambhulal Regar to contest from Agra.

Confirming the reports, UPNS chairperson Amit Jani told TOI that Rana is perfect for the protection of cows. “He (Rana) had spent 2.5 years in prison for the respect of gaumata. Rather than making false promises of doing something for cows, Rana had proven his commitment to the cause in 2015.” A formal announcement will soon be made in Bisada village where Akhlaq was lynched.

Earlier in September 2015, Mohammad Akhlaq, a man in his 50s, was lynched inside his house at Bisada village falling under Dadri subdivision of Gautam Buddh Nagar district. His son Danish was also brutally beaten up by a mob which had barged into their house late in the night on the suspicion that beef had been stored and consumed there.

The outfit has also decided to field Haryanvi singer Vikas Kumar from Mathura who had sent a legal notice to the makers of Veerey Di Wedding alleging that they used a song he had composed without his permission.

On September 18, the outfit had offered a Lok Sabha seat ticket to the Rajsamand lynching accused Shambhulal Regar saying since the party wanted a Hindutva face, there can be a no better candidate than him from the party. Jani even claimed that Regar has accepted the offer and will contest the elections from Jodhpur jail where he is currently jailed.

A formal announcement on Shambhulal Regar fighting from the Agra seat in Uttar Pradesh in Lok Sabha Election 2019 will be made soon, Jani said. Justifying the party’s decision, Jani said that some other people such as Mukhtar Ansari and Raja Bhaiyya have more serious cases against them than Regar. He also claimed that Regar is innocent.

Notably, in October last year, the UPNS leader alias Amit Agarwal and his associate were arrested by the Special Task Force, for allegedly posting a modified picture of the Taj Mahal monument with saffron flags, atop its pinnacle and minarets on WhatsApp. In the WhatsApp post, Jani had appealed all members associated with various Hindu organisations to gather at Taj triggering panic and rumours in Agra.