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"Wanted to retire from politics in 2014, but..." Wrestling Federation chief Brij Bhushan
Gonda (Uttar Pradesh), May 21, 2023 (ANI): Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on Sunday said he wanted to retire from politics in 2014 but continued after the insistence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
BJP MP from Kaiserganj after reaching Gonda from Delhi, has been meeting people by participating in various programs in his Lok Sabha constituency. He has been seeking people's support for the Chetna Maha rally to be held in Ayodhya on June 5.
"I wanted to retire from politics in 2014 itself. But Amit Shah during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections did not allow me to do that," he said.
On the allegations leveled by the wrestlers, Brij Bhushan said that "if someone decided to speak lies then they can do it."
Several ace grapplers including Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshee Mallik have been protesting at the Jantar Mantar accusing the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexual harassment and demanding his arrest.
On May 19, the wrestlers marched from Jantar Mantar to Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in New Delhi on their 25th day of protest against Brij Bhushan.Grapplers including Punia, Sakshi, Vinesh, and others joined the march demanding the arrest of the WFI chief charged with sexual harassment of athletes.
The protestors have been demanding the registration of an FIR against the WFI chief and his arrest into the allegations of sexual harassment. Two separate FIRs were registered on April 28 following the Supreme Court's notice to Delhi Police into the plea filed by the wrestlers.
Earlier on April 24, The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports announced that the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will be forming an ad-hoc committee to conduct the elections for the Executive Committee of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) within 45 days of its formation, to manage day-to-day affairs of the body, including the selection of athletes and making entries for the participation of players in international events. This committee will be functioning for an interim period till a new Executive Committee takes charge.
Delhi Police has filed a status report on the application moved by woman wrestlers in an alleged offense of sexual offense leveled against WFI chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
The court was also informed that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to investigate the matter. (ANI)