New Delhi: Shambhulal Regar, who lynched and burned Mohammed Afrazul alleging ‘Love Jihad’ in Rajsamand last year, may contest the Lok Sabha Election 2019 from Agra as a Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena (UPNS) candidate. The political party in Uttar Pradesh on Monday offered a ticket to the Rajsamand lynching accused and even claimed that he has accepted the offer and may fight Lok Sabha polls from Agra. Also Read - Indian Idol 12: Yoga Guru Ramdev To Grace The Show For Ram Navami Special Episode

Speaking to News18, Amit Jani, National President of the Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena, said that Regar will contest the elections from Jodhpur jail. “The Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena has decided that for the Agra Lok Sabha seat, the party’s candidate will be Shambhulal Regar. He will contest the election from inside Jodhpur jail, where he is currently lodged,” he said. Also Read - Rashami Desai Redefines Indian Beauty With Her Drop-Dead Gorgeous Look on Ram Navami, Pictures go Viral

Claiming that Regar has accepted the offer, Jani said that he has been in touch with the Rajsamand murder case accused and since they want a Hindutva face, there can be a no better candidate than him from the party. “We want only Hindutva faces to contest elections on our party’s tickets and there can be nobody better than him,” the report quoted Jani as saying. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Reveals She Was a Chain Smoker at Age of 19, Says 'I Got Addicted While Woh Lamhe Shoot'

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 on November 3, triggering panic and rumours in Agra. Following this, an FIR was registered against him.

In March, the murder accused was honoured in Jodhpur on the occasion of Ram Navami. Regar’s tableau was taken out by some men and honoured for his fight against ‘love jihad’. (Also Read: Regar Had Made up Mind to Murder Afrazul, Had Weapons Sharpened)

Shambhulal Regar is accused of hacking and burning a Muslim man alive allegedly for committing ‘love jihad’ in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand. Justifying the act, the accused had, in a video message, said that he burnt the Muslim man, identified as Mohammed Afrazul, to “save a girl from love jihad“. “Jihadists, leave our country or you will meet the same fate,” he later said in the video.