India, Sept. 15 -- Encounter cop Pradeep Sharma has joined Shiv Sena ahead of the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections. He is likely to contest the assembly polls from Nalasopara assembly constituency. Speaking to media, Pradeep Sharma said, "When I was in the service, I was always inspired by Balasaheb Thackeray. He always stood by us." He stated further, "I have given my best to the department as a cop, now here to win the hearts and bring change in public life."

Sharma served in the police department for 35 years. Currently, he is indulged in various types of social work through his NGO - PS Foundation.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said, "When Pradeep Sharma was in police, his gun spoke, now his mann (mind) will speak."