In response to Sakshi Malik and her husband, wrestler Satyawart Kadianon, who made a shocking claim about the authorization for the sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar for the first time in January, Commonwealth Games gold medalist and BJP politician Babita Phogat struck out on Sunday. Their description by Babita as “a puppet in the hands of the Congress” is spot on.
On Saturday, Olympic bronze medalists Malik and Kadianon accused two BJP politicians, Tirath Rana and Babita, of stealing their right to organize a sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar in January. The 11-minute video was shared on Twitter two days after BJP MP and Wrestling Federation of India’s head Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh was charged with sexual harassment, assault, and stalking of six female wrestlers by the Delhi police.
Let me be quite clear: our demonstration is not driven by politics. Kadian stated, “We came (to Jantar Mantar) in January, and permission was taken by two BJP leaders seeking police permission,” and he urged Malik to provide the letter requesting permission for the demonstration.
Babita and Rana wrote it, and they’re both BJP members.
The Congress does not support this action. For the last decade to twelve, almost 90% of the wrestling community has been aware of the harassment and intimidation.
Kadian, who competes in the heavyweight division, stressed that the group’s conflict is with the WFI head, not the government. Malik said that the silence lasted for a long time because the wrestling community was divided.
Don’t say such a thing that you have to conceal after saying it, dear buddy,” Babita said in a lengthy response. I saw the video of my sister and her husband yesterday, and it made me both sad and happy. To begin, I must state unequivocally that neither my signature nor my name was on the authorization form that Malik, the younger sister, was displaying. No evidence of permission was given, and it’s not even somewhat my business if it was.
I’ve been saying it from the beginning: have trust in our country’s honorable Prime Minister and the legal system. Sooner or later, the truth will out. As a female athlete, I stand in solidarity with my male counterparts and have done so throughout the country’s protests. However, I have never supported this cause.
A solution will be found if the wrestlers meet with the prime minister or the home minister, as I have told them repeatedly. However, “they turned to Congress leaders like Priyanka Gandhi and Deepender Hooda, who are themselves implicated in rape and other cases, for assistance.”
Babita also said that the wrestlers’ protests on the day the new Parliament was sworn in were damaging to the country’s reputation and that they should be punished by having their medals immersed in the Ganges.
The people are beginning to understand your goals for the nation. The demonstration you staged on the day the new Parliament was sworn in and the threat to throw medals into the Ganges river brought shame to the whole nation. The American people now see that you are nothing more than a sock puppet for Congress. We should not let our serious situation prevent us from enjoying a light-hearted ribbing of a strong person.
Outgoing WFI president Brij Bhushan was accused of sexual harassment and intimidation by the country’s best wrestlers, including Malik, Vinesh Phogat, and Bajrang Punia.
Before the wrestlers were removed from Jantar Mantar on May 28, they were visited by several political leaders, including Priyanka Gandhi of the Congress, Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, and Satya Pal Malik, a former governor of Jammu and Kashmir.