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Olympic Medalist Vijender Singh Makes a Political Shift to Join BJP from Congress



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Olympian and former Congress member, Vijender Singh, known for his Olympic prowess, has decided to switch his political allegiance by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Congress, marking a significant shift in his career.

Vijender, who contested the 2019 general elections from South Delhi constituency on a Congress ticket but lost to Ramesh Bidhuri of the BJP, was speculated to be a potential candidate against Hema Malini in Mathura before making his move to the BJP.

His decision is expected to boost the BJP’s support among the Jat community, a pivotal vote bank in states like Haryana and Western UP, where Vijender’s influence can be instrumental.

The boxing legend, who clinched several medals in prestigious events including the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and World Championships, praised the Modi government for the upliftment of sportspersons both in India and on the global stage.

Being the first Indian boxer to secure an Olympic medal, Vijender expressed gratitude towards PM Modi and the BJP for the recognition and respect sportspersons receive under the current governance.

His vocal support for wrestlers like Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and Bajrang Punia during their dispute with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) indicates a connection to the sporting community beyond political boundaries.

Vijender’s association with the BJP is seen as a strategic move to advocate for better opportunities for athletes, especially those hailing from his home state of Haryana, a place he deeply identifies with and wishes to positively impact.

Reflecting on his decision to switch parties, Vijender emphasized that it was a thought-out choice motivated by the central government’s consistent efforts towards empowering sportspersons over the past decade.

Having communicated with the BJP through mutual connections, Vijender acknowledged the welcoming attitude of the party and the potential he sees to contribute meaningfully to the sports sector, particularly for fellow Haryanvi athletes.

Rachel Adams

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