Wrestler Babita Phogat, father Mahavir join BJP

New Delhi, Aug 12 Wrestler Babita Phogat and her father Mahavir Phogat on Monday joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju here.

After he joined the BJP, Rijiju praised Phogat senior saying: “He has produced a number of great wrestlers under him.”

They joined the BJP at an event at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Monday ahead of the Haryana assembly elections.

Mahavir Phogat joined Jannayak Janata Party floated last year by former Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala.

On Saturday, Babita Phogat, an Arjuna Awardee, had come out in support of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar after he allegedly made a sexist remark on Kashmiri women, saying there was nothing offensive in what he said.

“Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has not made any such statement that is offensive to our sisters and daughters. I urge the media to not misinterpret his statement,” she said on Twitter.

Speaking to the media after the Phogats joined his party, Rijiju said: “It is a matter for pride for the BJP that the two wrestlers, who made India proud, have joined the party,” he said.

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