BJP chief JP Nadda meets Brij Bhushan Singh amid WFI suspension, wrestlers’ protest – Times of India

BJP chief JP Nadda meets Brij Bhushan Singh amid WFI suspension, wrestlers' protest - Times of India

New Delhi: With the suspension of Wrestling Federation of India Taking center stage in the national capital on Sunday, the BJP chief JP Nadda Party MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh called in an attempt to defuse the crisis.
As Sanjay SinghA close associate of Brij Bhushan took over. WFI Chief, some leading wrestlers resumed their protest.
While Sakshi Malik quit the game, Bajrang Punia and Virender Yadav returned their Padma Shri awards after Sanjay Singh’s election.
After a meeting with the party’s top leadership, Brij Bhushan, who has long run the WFI as a pocket borough, announced that he no longer has anything to do with the federation, sources said.
“I am retired now. I have many other things to do. I also have to monitor the (Lok Sabha) elections,” Singh, a strongman from eastern UP, told Nadda after the WFI suspension was announced. told reporters after the meeting. Ministry of Sports for alleged violation of procedure.
When asked what transpired in the meeting, Singh simply said that Nadda was his leader and claimed that there was no discussion between them regarding wrestling.
The five-term Lok Sabha MP, who usually fights with a visible swagger, appeared to hold back on Sunday when answering questions on the wrestling issue, maintaining that he was with the field. have worked

Newly elected WFI body suspended: Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh says ‘nothing to do with wrestling’

Asked whether he would contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections again from Kaiserganj, he said it would be his preference but the party’s decision.
His boast about the “dabdaba” (dominance) which he claimed would continue even after his confidant Sanjay Singh won the WFI president election and pulled down some posters with this statement. was given
“I felt that some of these posters were full of arrogance,” admits Singh.
With some famous wrestlers, almost all of whom hail from Haryana and belong to the Jat community, leading protests against its power in the WFI, the BJP is wary of opposition from the farming community, which Centered in Haryana. UP and Rajasthan, during election period.
Wrestlers like Olympic medalists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik and World Championship medalist Vinesh Phogat have accused Brij Bhushan of sexual harassment and the case is being heard in the Delhi High Court. The former WFI chief has denied the allegations against him and claimed that he is being targeted as part of a conspiracy by Congress leaders.
Party sources said Singh’s misbehavior was seen by many in the party as an avoidable cause of the conflict, and his announcement could help calm the waters.
However, the Thakur leader from eastern Uttar Pradesh is an influential figure in many quarters and enjoys considerable support.
The Sports Ministry on Sunday suspended the WFI until further orders after the newly elected body organized the Under-15 and Under-20 nationals for preparations “without following proper procedures and without giving adequate notice to the wrestlers”. made a “quick announcement”.
The ministry also said the new body was functioning under the “full control of the former (WFI) officials”, which was not in line with the National Sports Code.
Opposition leaders, however, said the government’s decision was not enough to bring justice to the protesting wrestlers and questioned why a loyalist of the former WFI president was allowed to contest for the sports body in the first place.
(with inputs from PTI)

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