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Babita, Mahavir Phogat join BJP
New Delhi: International wrestler Babita Phogat and her father Mahavir Phogat, whose struggle to coach her daughters in wrestling and their eventual success had inspired Hindi film Dangal, joined the BJP on Monday.
Joining the 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, Phogats heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, lauding him for abrogating Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370.
The party believes that the induction of Phogats will help it in the poll-bound Haryana, a state they hail from. Assembly polls are expected in the state later this year.
Arjuna awardee Babita Phogat told reporters that Modi had written history by scrapping Jammu and Kashmir’s special provisions and described herself as a “big fan” of him.
Lauding the father-daughter duo, Rijiju called Babita a “youth icon” who has brought laurels to the country by bagging medals at several international events.
Her father is also an icon for coaching his daughters and making them international level wrestlers, he added. Jain said it was a very significant day for the Haryana BJP.
After the Union government abrogated the J-K’s special status on last Monday, she had tweeted, “This day will always be remembered. Salute to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. Jai Hind.”
29-year-old Babita had also defended Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar after he courted a controversy on his “brides from Kashmir” remarks. (PTI)