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Vijender Singh, boxer and ex-Congress member, joins BJP ahead of Lok Sabha Elections, calls it 'ghar wapasi'

Vijender Singh had fought the 2019 Lok Sabha election unsuccessfully from the South Delhi constituency as a Congress candidate.

Nivedita Dash Edited By: Nivedita Dash @Nivedita0503 New Delhi Updated on: April 03, 2024 17:27 IST
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Boxer Vijender Singh on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2024. Boxer Vijender Singh had made a one-line post on Twitter, formerly known as X, which triggered a lot of speculations ahead of the Lok Sabha election.

After joining BJP,  Boxer Vijender Singh said, "I am joining the BJP today under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda. In a way it is my ‘ghar wapasi' (homecoming)," he said, adding “There is a saying in English- 'Good to be back'. I am feeling very good." "I am the same old Vijender. Whatever I would feel wrong, I would call it wrong. I will call it right if I feel it is right," said Singh who had been a vocal critic of the BJP and had come out in support of farmers' protests and wrestlers' stir, often expressing his views on social media.

His name was doings the rounds for the last few days as the party's nominee from Mathura, from where actor and incumbent MP Hema Malini is contesting again. Earlier he took to X and wrote, "Wherever the public wants, I am ready." Singh comes from the Jat community, which has political influence in a large number of seats in Haryana, the state he comes from, western Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

“When we travelled abroad to fight (participate in matches) in the UK, Dubai, Ireland and other places, many times there used to be so many things at the airport. Since the BJP came at the helm under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it has become easier for us to go anywhere,” Singh said.

The 38-year-old trailblasing boxer had delivered India's first Olympic and men's world championship medals back in 2008 and 2009 and joined professional boxing in 2015.





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