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The transfer is predicted to assist the BJP consolidate votes from the Jat group.

New Delhi:

In one other jolt to the Congress weeks earlier than the Lok Sabha elections, boxer Vijender Singh has joined the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP).

The Olympian had joined the Congress in 2019 and unsuccessfully contested the final elections from the South Delhi constituency, dropping to the BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri.

Sources stated the Congress had deliberate to subject the 38-year-old in opposition to BJP MP Hema Malini, who has been named as a candidate from the Mathura seat as soon as once more. The transfer is predicted to assist the BJP consolidate votes from the Jat group, which is very essential in Haryana and Western UP. The boxer is predicted to marketing campaign extensively for the BJP in these two areas.

Mr Singh was the primary Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal – a bronze – on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He additionally received silver medals on the 2006 and 2014 Commonwealth Video games and bronze medals on the 2010 version of the Video games in addition to the 2009 World Championships.

Becoming a member of the BJP within the presence of celebration Normal Secretary Vinod Tawde on Wednesday, the boxer stated in Hindi, “This is sort of a ghar wapsi (homecoming) for me. I had contested the elections in 2019. It’s good to be again. The best way sportspersons are getting respect within the nation and overseas now could be commendable. After we used to go overseas to struggle earlier, to the UK and Dubai, as an example, sure issues would occur on the airports generally. However for the reason that BJP and the (Narendra) Modi authorities got here to energy, we are able to go anyplace simply.”

“I want to thank PM Modi and the BJP for the respect that sportspersons get underneath this authorities. I want to be part of this authorities, assist individuals and present them the appropriate path. I’m the identical Vijender that I used to be and can name a spade a spade,” he added.

Vijender Singh had backed wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia of their protest in opposition to BJP MP after which Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over sexual harassment allegations final yr. When Sakshi Malik had introduced her retirement from wrestling after an in depth aide of the BJP MP had received the following WFI elections, the boxer had referred to as it a black day within the historical past of sports activities.

He had additionally questioned the silence of Indian cricketers on the difficulty.

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