Boxer Vijender Singh leaves Cong to join BJP ahead of Lok Sabha elections

New Delhi, Apr 3 (IANS): Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Olympic medallist boxer and Congress leader Vijender Singh on Wednesday joined the BJP here.

Earlier, speculation was rife that Vijender Singh might be fielded by the Congress from Mathura against BJP’s Hema Malini, who is in the fray for the third time in a row.

Vijender Singh is currently a professional boxer and fights in various countries.

“It’s a homecoming for me after five years as I had contested the poll in 2019,” he said, adding “he is inspired by the honour given by the BJP government to the players”.

The boxer joined the BJP in the presence of the party's national General Secretary Vinod Tawde.

Last week, the boxer in a post on X, wrote, “Wherever the public wants, I am ready.”

Singh walked with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi after joining the 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' first in Khargone in Madhya Pradesh and later in Haryana’s Karnal district.

In Madhya Pradesh, the two were seen talking to each other and also twirling their moustaches -- a nod to the boxer's native Haryanvi style -- in a video shared by the Congress Twitter handle.

After the foot march in Haryana, Vijender Singh and the Congress shared photos of the Yatra. “Haryanvi Ha Dabya Koni Karde,” tweeted the boxer in the local language along with a photo, which also had Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's pet dog 'Luna' in the frame.

“Ek punch nafrat ke khilaaf (A punch against hatred),” the Congress had written and the post was re-tweeted by Vijender Singh where both Rahul Gandhi and him were seen posing with fists for the camera.

Hailing from the dominating Jat community in Haryana, Vijender Singh's move may have political ramifications in regions like western Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan as well.

He belongs to Bhiwani district in Haryana and had fought the last Lok Sabha election from South Delhi and stood third. He has two silvers and one bronze in the Commonwealth Games.






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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 04 2024

    There is a limit for any conscientious human being to stoop down for whatever benefits; this chap has changed his colors overnight..... brought utter disrepute to the once revered "kushti" profession!!

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  • Siva, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 04 2024

    I was your fan but now onward I doubt I will be your fan, now I feel you are backstabbing the farmers and the Female wrestlers.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Wed, Apr 03 2024

    Vijender Singh wanted Money ...

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  • M.Mathias, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 03 2024

    He will get crores of money from corrupt BJP.

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  • Rita, Germsny

    Wed, Apr 03 2024

    Nobody should fight for congressEveryone is free to join the Party he or she wants.Its not fighting Arena .There are neough people around.No need to announce punches got.

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  • Mbeary, Dxb

    Wed, Apr 03 2024

    In India, now everything is for sale. Very sad scenario. Nobody has ethics, integrity. Even voters don't have. Everyone wants to be with the powerful side. And some wants hate to prevail

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  • pili, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 03 2024


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  • Mary Xavier Furtado, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 03 2024

    Why they want to be an Tissue paper stature, parties use them and throw them. Ultimately the respect matters. He was very vocal about female wrestlers............ so will he fight for the justice in the party forum.

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Wed, Apr 03 2024

    All boxers, wrestlers, hitmen and criminals are joining the rowdy party to increase goondagiri, rapes and murders in the country paid by hard working tax payers money. Double Engine Govt’s Double Engine Loot.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Wed, Apr 03 2024

    Vijender Singh should now play Kabaddi ...

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  • Prem, moodbidri

    Wed, Apr 03 2024

    Boxer Vijender Singh stood behind protesting women boxers. May be he got big offer from BJP, for leaving them! Paise ka chakkar babu bayya....

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru.

    Wed, Apr 03 2024

    As long as Rahul does not quit, it is OK for Congress. A boxer here, a wrestler there does not matter. Some Sanjay Nirupam is also thinking of quitting in Mumbai it seems.

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  • Mohammed ansar, UDYAVARA

    Wed, Apr 03 2024

    Is this a breaking news, people come and go. Who is this man suddenly appeared.

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