Vijender Singh joins BJP, a day after reposting Rahul Gandhi’s tweet

The viral video, shared by Rahul Gandhi, featured a woman lambasting the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over various issues including the electoral bonds scam and the recent violence in Manipur. Singh’s decision to repost this critique seemingly signaled his alignment with the Congress party’s stance.

| Updated: 03 April, 2024 4:56 pm IST
Boxer, Ex-Congress leader Vijender Singh joins BJP

NEW DELHI: Olympic medalist Vijender Singh, known for his boxing prowess, made headlines as he switched allegiance from the Congress party to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday, just hours after reposting a critical video shared by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on X (formerly Twitter). Singh’s move comes amidst a wave of defections from the Congress to the BJP, adding an intriguing twist to his political journey.

The viral video, shared by Rahul Gandhi, featured a woman lambasting the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over various issues including the electoral bonds scam and the recent violence in Manipur. Singh’s decision to repost this critique seemingly signaled his alignment with the Congress party’s stance.

 

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However, in a surprising turn of events, Singh declared his decision to join the BJP, labelling it as a “homecoming” during his induction ceremony at the party headquarters in New Delhi. “Today I am joining the BJP, it is like ghar wapsi (homecoming) for me,” Singh stated, emphasizing his return to the saffron camp.

Singh’s political journey began with the Congress, where he contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from South Delhi but faced defeat against BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri. Speculations were rife that Singh could contest the upcoming polls from Mathura as the Congress nominee, challenging BJP MP and actor Hema Malini.

 

Just 23 hourse before joing the BJP he had reposted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s story on his official ‘X’ handle

 

Hailing from the influential Jat community, Singh’s political moves hold significance in his native Haryana and beyond. His cryptic social media post on March 30 hinted at his willingness to align with the public’s aspirations, sparking speculations about his future political affiliation.

 

 

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In his previous stint with Congress, Singh expressed his commitment to serve the nation, citing his illustrious boxing career as a testament to his dedication. He participated in various party events, including the Bharat Jodo Yatra alongside Rahul Gandhi in Haryana.

Singh’s achievements in boxing, notably winning India’s first Olympic medal in the sport at the 2008 Beijing Games, earned him widespread acclaim. Despite facing allegations in a doping scandal in 2012, he was later acquitted, maintaining his integrity in the sporting arena.

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