Babita Phogat by joining BJP: in sports, I can make people proud, in politics, I can serve them
After leaving a mark on multiple national and international arenas, famous fighter Babita Phogat now he is ready to fight the dangal of politics too. Babita, along with his father and coach Mahavir Phogat, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday. Mahavir had joined the Jannayak Janata Party last year, but separated after he was reportedly denied Lok sabha ticket.n Speaking to us hours after joining the party, Babita says his admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi is behind his decision. I've always been a fan of Modi Hee and its policies. But he hadn't thought about being active in politics until recently, she says. She adds that it was the repeal of Article 370 in Kashmir that finally convinced her to join active politics.
“I feel that the repeal of Section 370 was a turning point for me. Mera yeh opinion hai ki yeh karna zaroori tha Jammu and Kashmir ke developing aur national integration ke liye . This government, this party did it and that's why I decided to join them, ”she says.
Having won two gold and one silver medal in the Commonwealth Games , along with a bronze world championship, Babita is one of the most successful fighters that India has produced.
She is the third active athlete of Hariana get into politics this year, after the boxer Vijender Singh , who contested Lok sabha elections on a Congress ticket, and para-athlete Deepa Malik, who also joined the BJP earlier this year.
According to political pundits, the BJP decided to induct the two popular faces at this time because the Hariana Assembly elections are just three months away. The Phogats are from Balali, a village in the Charkhi Dadri district. The combined achievements of Babita and the other Phogat sisters - Geeta, Vinesh, Ritu and Sangeeta - have made the family extremely popular in Hariana, and the party hopes to cash in on their fame in the upcoming elections.
On her part, Babita sees her political innings as an extension of her sports career. “With my sports achievements, I could make people happy and proud, but after entering politics, I will be able to serve them and tend to their needs, she says.
While the 29-year-old does not know what role she will play in the next election, she makes it clear that the sport will remain her priority. I only joined today, so I cannot say what role I will play, but whatever the responsibility the party considers appropriate for me, I will try to fulfill it as best I can, he says, and adds: I do not do it. I have no plan to dispute the elections from now on and the fight will remain my first priority. The Olympics are less than a year old and my focus remains on them. But if the party feels that I have any role in the elections, whether it is a contest or a campaign, I will gladly do it. ”
The wrestler, however, has been at loggerheads with the ML Khattar-led BJP government in Hariana in the past, and was one of the prominent faces among athletes who had criticized the government for lowering the athletes ’prize money. She does not see that as a contradiction though. Iss tarah is main athletes ki baat sarkar tak zyada acche se pahuncha paungi, she says.