Amidst the ongoing #MeToo allegations made against him by top Indian wrestlers, Wrestling Federation of India chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh delivered a speech in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda, starting with a sentimental poem that touched upon themes of suffering, betrayal, and love. Singh, without directly addressing the protests by elite wrestlers, took the opportunity to announce his intention to contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections from the Kaiserganj constituency. He also expressed confidence that the BJP would form a majority government in the upcoming elections.
Reflecting on the nine-year tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, Singh criticized the Congress party, claiming that Indian territory was occupied during their rule. He asserted that had Modi been in power at that time, the captured land could have been regained. Singh highlighted instances such as Pakistan capturing 78,000 square kilometers of Indian land during Nehru’s tenure, China’s occupation of 33,000 square kilometers since 1962, and the opportunity to regain land during the capture of 92,000 Pakistani prisoners of war in 1972.
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Singh went on to praise PM Modi for various achievements, including his decision regarding Kashmir, the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, and the progress made in infrastructure development such as roads, medical colleges, universities, and indigenous defense manufacturing. He concluded his speech with chants of “Bharat Mata ki Jai” (Hail Mother India) and recited a verse from the Ram Charit Manas.
The scheduled “Jan Chetna Maharally” by Singh was postponed to a later date due to security concerns. Meanwhile, the protesting wrestlers accused Singh of using his influence to pressure sexual harassment victims and manipulate their statements. They threatened to resume their agitation if decisive action is not taken against Singh by June 15.
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The Delhi Police, which has recorded statements from over 200 individuals related to the case, has committed to filing a chargesheet by June 15, as assured by Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur. The police have requested the women wrestlers involved in the sexual harassment case to provide supporting evidence such as pictures, videos, or WhatsApp chat messages.
Renowned Indian wrestlers, including Vinesh Phogat, Sakshee Malikkh, and Bajrang Punia, have been actively protesting against Singh, demanding his arrest for alleged sexual harassment of seven women athletes.
Singh has vehemently denied all allegations of sexual misconduct, releasing a statement refuting the charges leveled against him.
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