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Wrestler Babita likely to contest state polls

Source: PTI
Last updated on: September 12, 2019 14:21 IST
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Babita Phogat had joined the BJP last month

IMAGE: Wrestler Babita Phogat had joined the BJP last month. Photograph: PTI

Acclaimed Indian wrestler, Babita Phogat has resigned from the Haryana Police with an eye on fighting the upcoming Assembly polls.

A sub-inspector with Haryana Police, the 29-year-old had submitted her resignation a month ago, which was accepted on Tuesday, Surinder Pal Singh, Commandant, 5th Battalion, Haryana Armed Police, Madhuban, told PTI on Thursday.


Babita and her father Mahavir Phogat, a noted wrestling coach, had joined the BJP in New Delhi on August 12.

Babita had been appointed in Haryana Police under the sports quota by the then Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in 2013.

Speculation is rife that Babita will be given a ticket by the BJP either from Badhra or Dadri in Charkhi Dadri district to contest the state Assembly polls, which are slated to be held in October.

"It is for the party to decide on giving her a ticket to contest. But if she is given a chance to contest, she will give her 100 per cent like the way she has made her contribution in the sports field," a member of the Phogat family said.

The Phogat family received nationwide popularity following the success of Bollywood film 'Dangal', based on the lives of the Phogat sisters, all of them wrestlers, and their father who coached them against all odds.

Mahavir Phogat, who was chief of the Jannayak Janata Party's sports cell, switched sides from the JJP, which was floated last year by former Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala following a vertical split in the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).

He had earlier said his family was "impressed" with the policies and programmes of the Modi government and praised the Centre's decision to revoke provisions of Article 370, terming it a "correct decision".

"Scrapping Article 370 and several other decisions taken in national interest by the Central government have impressed me and millions of countrymen like me," Mahavir Phogat, a Dronacharya awardee, had said.

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