Westler Babita Phogat likely to contest Haryana polls

Westler Babita Phogat likely to contest Haryana polls
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju offers membership slip to wrestler Babita Phogat and her father Mahavir Singh Phogat as they join BJP in New Delhi. PTI

Chandigarh: After joining BJP last month with her father Mahavir Phogat, international wrestler Babita Phogat has added fuel to the speculation that she will be contesting the upcoming Haryana polls in wake of her resignation from the State Police.

The 29-year-old sub-inspector's resignation was accepted on September 10.

"Babita Phogat's resignation was received a month ago and there is a process which follows before it is accepted. The resignation has been accepted now," he said.

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

As to whether she will contest the election, a Phogat family member maintained that it was up to the party to give her a ticket.

"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," the family member said.

Babita and Mahavir Phogat had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju, party's general secretary in-charge of Haryana Anil Jain and its state chief Subhash Barala in New Delhi.

The Phogat household became popular nationwide following the success of Bollywood film 'Dangal', based on the lives of 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.

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

(With inputs from PTI)

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