Wrestlers Protest: Why Can Wrestling Association Fight Increase Bjp’s Headache? Wrestlers Protest: Why Struggling With Union Fights Can Increase Bjp Headaches? Bribhushan Singh Phogat

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The case of sexual exploitation allegations against the President of the Wrestling Federation of India, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, has also caused a stir in the political arena. Even though the wrestlers have postponed the protest for the time being after talks with the union minister of sports Anurag Thakur, this controversy could escalate further in the coming days. In this whole controversy, difficulties may arise for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

On a political level, the BJP may have to bear its loss. In such a situation, let us know what has happened so far in this matter? How many players are against Bribbhushan and how many are in his favour? Why is it getting hard for the BJP?

Want to know first what happened so far?

  • On Wednesday (January 18), about 30 wrestlers including Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik sat on a dharna. He demanded the dissolution of the Wrestling Federation of India. Wrestlers alleged that President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and several coaches had sexually assaulted female players.
  • Bribbhushan Sharan Singh came before the media after the allegations made by the players. He denied all allegations. Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said if the allegations are true, I will be hanged. At the same time, he accused the players of not participating in the trials. Bribbhushan Sharan Singh said that Bajrang and Sakshi went to meet me recently, then there was no problem.
  • The protesting players have the support of Congress as well as leftist parties, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Samajwadi Party. Delhi’s Palam 360 Khap Panchayat head Surendra Singh Solanki has also supported the wrestlers. In this case, the president of the Wrestling Federation should resign with immediate effect, he said. The government should fire him. This is necessary for a fair investigation. The players who are in Jantar Mantar. They can’t just accuse anyone. He also has his own reputation.
  • On January 20, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur had a long talk with the protesting wrestlers. Following this, he announced that the matter would be investigated and until then Wrestling Association President Brij Bhushan Singh would step down from his position. After this, the protesting wrestlers also announced that they would cease their protest. After the meeting, said wrestler Bajrang Punia, the Union Sports Minister listened to our demands and ensured a proper investigation. I thank them and we hope that there will be a fair investigation, so we withdraw the protest.
Why this fight can increase BJP’s headache?

Elections for Lok Sabha will be held nationwide next year. Immediately afterwards there are assembly elections in Haryana. Most of the players who opened the front against Brij Bhushan Singh are only from Haryana. Now the Khap Panchayats of Haryana have also supported these wrestlers. Farmers’ organizations have also expressed their support. Most protesting players are from the Jat community. This is why it is now becoming a political issue against the BJP.

Political analyst Prof. Ajay Kumar Singh says: ‘Even during the peasant movement, a large number of people from the Jat community protested against the central government. Now the same atmosphere can be seen again. Khap panchayats from western Uttar Pradesh have also come out in support of the wrestlers. In such a situation, if it is not dealt with in time, problems may arise for the BJP in the upcoming elections. If Haryana’s Khap Panchayats protest, the BJP will suffer the most. Then this caste dispute will also happen.

At the same time, Brij Bhushan Singh is also a Bahubali leader of Purvanchal. Brij Bhushan hails from Thakur community and is considered to have a good following among voters of this class. Brij Bhushan has himself been a member of parliament six times. His wife has also been a Member of Parliament. His son Prateek is also a two-time MLA. If action is taken against Brij Bhushan in such a situation, Thakur voters in UP may become angry. In Purvanchal, the comparison may also deteriorate. On the other hand, if no action is taken, the Jats of Haryana and Western UP may get angry.

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