[The agitating athletes, as it appears, are all from Haryana and broadly
aligned with the BJP.
Yet, a public agitation is being conducted not only demanding removal of a
powerful BJP MP from the post of the President of Wrestling Federation of
India (WFI) but also the Prime Minister of India himself has categorically
been accused of deliberate inaction.
Also somewhat intriguing is the threat of "tsunami" issued by the man at
the very centre of the raging controversy. It's not very clear as yet
whether this threat has anything to do with the obstinate refusal -- till
now -- of the regime to take any penal action against the accused.
(He has, however, cancelled his promised press conference this evening.)]

*I*. Congress holds a press conference today in support of the agitating
wrestlers wherein an account of the scam is presented and the Prime
Minister is accused of inaction: <https://youtu.be/Niwm3D-FSac>

*II*. Vinesh Phogat, the main/first complainant speaks to the media:
*BB*. <

*III*. The demand by agitating wrestlers: <

IV..Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh speaks to the media. *He issues a threat
that, if he opens his mouth, there'll be tsunami*:

*V. *Reports on the protest sit-in (Dharna)

*BB*. <
*CC*. <https://youtu.be/W7HdS-3WTQo>.

*VI*. Who's Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh?


*A wrestler and muscleman, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh not new to
Singh faces four criminal cases, including those of attempt to murder

Sanjay Pandey
Sanjay Pandey, DHNS, Lucknow,
JAN 20 2023, 15:11 IST UPDATED: JAN 20 2023, 15:11 IST

Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
Credit: PTI Photo

A wrestler himself and a muscleman, whose writ runs large in Uttar
Pradesh's Gonda and Baharaich districts, BJP Lok Sabha member and president
of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who has
been accused of sexual harassment of female wrestlers, is not new to

A prominent face of the Ram Temple movement, Singh, who was an MP from
Kaiserganj Parliamentary constituency in Baharaich district of the state,
was arrested along with senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi,
Kalyan Singh and others after demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya on
December 6, 1992. He was acquitted in the matter by the court in 2020.

Singh was also charged under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities
(Prevention) Act (TADA) for allegedly sheltering the shooters of a gang,
which was involved in the killing of mafia don Dawood Ibrahim's relative.
He was later acquitted by the court in the matter.

Also read: Wrestlers want IOA to form probe panel to look into sexual
harassment allegations against WFI President

The firebrand saffron leader had made headlines recently after he slapped a
wrestler on the stage during the Under-19 National Wrestling Championship
at Ranchi. He had also recently hogged the limelight over his outbursts
against Baba Ramdev.

According to the affidavit submitted by him along with his nomination
papers in 2019 LS polls, Singh faces four criminal cases, including those
of attempt to murder. A six time MP, Singh was also accused of attacking
senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and former UP minister Vinod Kumar Singh
alias Pandit Singh in Gonda in 1993. He was later acquitted by the court in
the matter.

Singh, who has been the president of the WFI since 2011, had threatened
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray of dire consequences
if the latter visited Ayodhya. He had also likened former Congress
president Rahul Gandhi to Pakistani politician Bilawal Bhutto.

Singh had once targeted his own party government in the state over what he
alleged neglecting the flood-affected people in the eastern region.

A graduate in law from Avadh University, Singh has a dominance in Gonda,
Baharaich, Ayodhya and nearby districts, and enjoys the image of a
muscleman in the region. In 2009, he was elected to the LS on an SP ticket.
He joined the BJP in 2014 and emerged victorious from the Kaiserganj seat.

While the protesting wrestlers are reportedly planning to file an FIR
against Singh, he has denied the allegations of sexual harassment levelled
against him by female wrestlers. Meanwhile, BJP leaders here feel that it
will not be easy to act against Singh, given his clout in the region and
also that the next LS elections are not very far.

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