Lok Sabha Elections: Congress loses another star face as this Olympic medalist joins BJP

Lok Sabha Elections: This unexpected shift will help the BJP to gain support from the influential Jat community, particularly in Haryana and Western UP. Singh is anticipated to actively participate in BJP's campaign efforts in these regions.

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Lok Sabha Elections: The sinking ship of Congress faced another jolt ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as renowned boxer Vijender Singh has switched his political allegiance from the Congress to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He joined the Congress in 2019 and tried his luck from South Delhi constituency against BJP's Ramesh Bidhuri in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, where he faced defeat. 

According to reports, Congress had intended to field the 38-year-old athlete against BJP MP Hema Malini in the Mathura seat. This unexpected shift will help the BJP to gain support from the influential Jat community, particularly in Haryana and Western UP. Singh is anticipated to actively participate in BJP's campaign efforts in these regions.

'Feels like a homecoming,' says Vijender Singh

On his decision to join BJP alongside party General Secretary Vinod Tawde, Singh stated, "This feels like a homecoming for me. Having contested elections in 2019, it feels good to return."

He highlighted the fact that, under Narendra Modi's government, athletes have received respect in the domestic and international arena. He also credited PM Modi and BJP for enhancing the stature of sportspersons, emphasizing his eagerness to contribute to governance and community welfare.

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Singh had previously voiced support for wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and Bajrang Punia during their protest against BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over sexual harassment allegations. He criticized the silence of Indian cricketers on the matter and deemed Sakshi Malik's retirement from wrestling following the WFI elections as a setback in sports history.

Impeccable carrier of Vijendra Singh

A celebrated figure in Indian sports, Vijender Singh clinched the nation's first boxing Olympic medal, a bronze, at the Beijing Olympics 2008. His illustrious career also includes silver medals at the 2006 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, along with bronze medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2009 World Championships.