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Who is Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh: All the prominent wrestlers of the country have attacked the President of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Olympian Vinesh Phogat has accused the WFI president of sexual harassment while protesting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. He is accompanied by 30 big wrestlers like Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia, who are demanding removal of Brij Bhushan and many others from the post. BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is not embroiled in controversies for the first time. He has faced controversies several times in the past as well. Recently, he slapped a wrestler on the stage itself, which created a controversy. At present, BJP MP from Kaiserganj, UP, Brij Bhushan has rejected the allegations of the wrestlers.
65-year-old Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, who comes from Gonda district of UP, has become MP for the sixth time. He has won from Gonda, Kaiserganj and Balrampur. Out of this, he had won five times on a BJP ticket, while once he had won on behalf of the SP. Talking about Brij Bhushan’s family, his wife Ketki Devi Singh is the President of Gonda District Panchayat, while his son Prateek Bhushan Singh is BJP MLA from Gonda Sadar seat. In the 90s, Brij Bhushan, who had a Bahubali image, also used to do wrestling.
The BJP MP is also booked under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) for allegedly harboring underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s associates Subhash Thakur, Jayendra Thakur alias Bhai Thakur, Paresh Desai and Shyam Kishore Garikapatti in the mid-90s was recorded. He was also accused of providing his phone to Dawood to talk to him. He was later acquitted of these charges. As per his election affidavit for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, four cases are pending against Singh in Ayodhya and Gonda. He faces other charges including dacoity, attempt to murder and rioting.
When a wrestler was slapped
Brij Bhushan, who has a history of controversies, recently slapped a wrestler on stage. A video of a BJP MP slapping a wrestler during a sports event in Ranchi went viral on social media. The wrestler was from UP and was not allowed to participate in the wrestling event as he was over-age for the event. But as soon as he requested MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh to participate in the competition, the MP lost his temper and slapped the wrestler twice, prompting the wrestler to be removed from the stage soon after.