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Boxer Vijender Singh Switches From Congress To BJP

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 Occasion (BJP).

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

Sources mentioned the Congress had deliberate to area the 38-year-old towards 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 particularly necessary in Haryana and Western UP. Mr Singh 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 Common Secretary Vinod Tawde on Wednesday, the boxer mentioned 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. Once we used to go overseas to combat earlier, to the UK and Dubai, as an example, sure issues would occur on the airports typically. However for the reason that BJP and the (Narendra) Modi authorities got here to energy, we will go anyplace simply.”

“I want to thank PM Modi and the BJP for the respect that sportspersons get beneath 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.

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