Vijender Singh: Decoding his journey from boxing ring to different political arenas

In 2019, Vijender Singh made a foray into the realm of politics, driven by a desire to address systemic issues and champion justice for the people.

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Mayank Kasyap
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The Candidate: As the countdown to the Lok Sabha elections draws near, political dynamics in India undergo significant shifts, with defections becoming increasingly prevalent among parties. With less than 15 days remaining until the elections, the spotlight falls on Vijender Singh, renowned international boxer and former Congress member, who recently made headlines by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

A sporting legacy

Born on October 29, 1985, Vijender Singh is a celebrated Indian professional boxer, known for his remarkable achievements in the ring. His illustrious career includes winning a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics, along with silver medals in the 2006 and 2014 Commonwealth Games. In June 2015, Vijender Singh made a pivotal decision to turn professional, marking a new chapter in his sporting journey.

A journey into politics

In 2019, Vijender Singh made a foray into the realm of politics, driven by a desire to address systemic issues and champion justice for the people. Hailing from the Jat community, he voiced his commitment to effecting positive change, transcending the barriers of caste-based politics. His entry into politics was marked by a stint with the Indian National Congress, where he contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from South Delhi.

A political resurgence

Although his initial political venture culminated in electoral defeat to BJP leader Ramesh Bidhuri, Vijender Singh remained undeterred. Following a period of relative political inactivity, speculations arose regarding his potential return to the political arena. Given his roots in the Jat community and his residence in Bhiwani, Haryana, his association with the BJP presents strategic opportunities spanning from Delhi to Haryana.

Beyond caste politics

Despite his affiliation with the Jat community, Vijender Singh has consistently emphasized his stance against caste-based politics. Embracing his identity as a sportsman, he underscores the importance of national service over divisive narratives, advocating for a politics centered on merit and integrity.

A new chapter unfolds

As Vijender Singh embarks on this new chapter in his political journey, his transition from boxing ring to political podium reflects the evolving landscape of Indian politics. With his blend of sporting prowess and political aspirations, he stands poised to make a significant impact, shaping the discourse and trajectory of his political endeavors.