MUMBAI: The Nationalist Congress Party on Thursday demanded the resignation of wrestling federation of india BJP chairman and MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh accused of sexually exploiting female wrestlers for years, a charge vehemently denied by the sports administrator.
Top wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia and many other wrestlers are on a silent sit-in in New Delhi for day two against WFI and its chief Singh.
“Female wrestlers who have won laurels for our country are demonstrating at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to seek justice for themselves for all wrongdoings committed against them by the Struggle Federation of India”, Clyde Crasto, PCNthe national spokesperson said in a statement.
Although the Department of Sports has asked WFI to respond to the wrestlers on the allegations they have made, it is not enough, Crasto said.
“Indian Wrestling Federation President, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh should also resign, pending investigation, because if he stays and continues in that position, there are chances that he could influence that investigation. “, did he declare.
Phogat alleged on Wednesday that several coaches at the Lucknow national camp also exploited female wrestlers, adding that a few women in the camp approached the female wrestlers at the request of the WFI president. The 28-year-old, however, clarified that she had never been the victim of such harassment but claimed that “a victim” was present at their “dharna” at Jantar Mantar.

“Minister of Youth and Sports Anurag Thakur must meet these wrestlers at Jantar Mantar, understand their issues and take necessary steps to resolve them,” Crasto’s statement read.
“If the government does not take immediate action, it will raise doubts because the person whom these wrestlers appoint is a member of the BJP,” he said.
The NCP spokesman said the wrestlers won medals and brought glory to the country. “It’s the same ministers and officials who are going to receive them, take pictures and bask in their glory,” he said.
While Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia have won Olympic medals, Phogat is a world championship medalist.
If the government takes the matter lightly, it will appear to be trying to shield the BJP MP, Crasto said.
Earlier in the day, Congress demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi break his “silence” on the allegations against Singh, and sought to know why the resignations of those involved had not arrived so far.


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