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A day after retweeting opposition leader’s post targeting Modi, India’s Olympic medal-winning pugilist joins his BJP

Vijender Singh, who won a bronze at the Beijing Games in 2008, said he took the decision to quit Indian National Congress and join the ruling party in the nation’s interest.

Indian Olympic medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh (L) felicitated by an official of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi after the former quit the opposition Indian National Congress. (ANI Photo/Sanjay Sharma)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIA’S Olympic medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh on Wednesday (3) joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of prime minister Narendra Modi, just a day after reposting a tweet made by opposition leader Rahul Gandhi targeting the PM in Hindi.

Singh joined Gandhi’s Indian National Congress on the eve of the 2019 general elections and also contested from South Delhi constituency but finished a poor third.

Singh joined the Hindu nationalist party in New Delhi in the presence of Vinod Tawde, its national general secretary.

The former Congress member had reposted a Hindi tweet by Gandhi even on Sunday (31) that alleged that prime minister Modi wants to change the Indian Constitution by winning the general elections through “match-fixing”.

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Indian boxer Vijender Singh (R) with opposition leader Rahul Gandhi
Vijender Singh, India’s Olympic medal-winning boxer, with Indian National Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (ANI Photo)

Singh said soon after quitting the Congress that he joined Modi’s party in the nation’s interest and to serve the people. He added that he wanted to help more and more people.

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When he was asked about the recent protests by a number of renowned wrestlers of the country, including Olympic medallists, against the former chief of the wrestling federation who is also a BJP MP, Singh said he would continue to call wrong as wrong and strive towards strengthening athletes.

Singh’s name was doing rounds over the last few days as the Congress’s nominee from the Mathura constituency, as per a report by news agency Press Trust of India.

He hails from the Jat community, known for its significant political sway in several constituencies across the northern state of Haryana, his home state, as well as in the western parts of Uttar Pradesh and in the north-western state of Rajasthan.

Singh also took part in Gandhi ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ (Unite India March) in January 2023 in his state which aimed at mobilising popular opinion against the BJP.

Several pictures of his march with the Congress leader also went viral on social media.

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