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Boxer Vijender Singh Switches From Congress To BJP

Weeks before the Lok Sabha elections, boxer Vijender Singh announced his affiliation with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), dealing another blow to the Congress.

The Olympian had joined the Congress in 2019 and had lost against Ramesh Bidhuri of the BJP in his unsuccessful attempt to win the South Delhi seat in the general elections.

Sources said the Congress had planned to field the 38-year-old against BJP MP Hema Malini, who has been named as a candidate from the Mathura seat once again. The move is expected to help the BJP consolidate votes from the Jat community, which is especially important in Haryana and Western UP. Mr Singh is expected to campaign extensively for the BJP in these two areas.

Mr Singh was the first Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal – a bronze – at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also won silver medals at the 2006 and 2014 Commonwealth Games and bronze medals at the 2010 edition of the Games as well as the 2009 World Championships.

Joining the BJP in the presence of party General Secretary Vinod Tawde on Wednesday, the boxer said in Hindi, “This is like a ghar wapsi (homecoming) for me. I had contested the elections in 2019. It is good to be back.

The way sportspersons are getting respect in the country and abroad now is commendable. When we used to go abroad to fight earlier, to the UK and Dubai, for instance, certain things would happen at the airports sometimes. But since the BJP and the (Narendra) Modi government came to power, we can go anywhere easily.”

“I would like to thank PM Modi and the BJP for the respect that sportspersons get under this government. I would like to be a part of this government, help people and show them the right path. I am the same Vijender that I was and will call a spade a spade,” he added.

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(Source: NDTV)

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