New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and former hockey player captain Sandeep Singh on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in presence of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Yogeshwar said that he has decided to join the BJP as he has been influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“I want to serve the people. I’ve been influenced by Modji and hence I decided to join BJP. I’ve been following him for a long time. It’s important to come forward to do good work, including sportspersons. I’m happy to be part of this family,” he said.

“As a youth, I want to work for the nation. PM Modi abrogated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, he achieved the impossible. I am very impressed with him. The country is happy after abrogation of Article 370,” he added.

The two have joined the BJP ahead of the Haryana assembly elections scheduled in October 2019. As per reports, Dutt might contest from the Sonepat assembly seat.

Dutt is an Indian freestyle wrestler from Haryana and won the bronze medal in the 60 kg category at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 and won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

Echoing similar sentiments, Singh said, "I have joined politics as I was impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is his honesty which brought me into this party. Article 370 was a historic decision and I welcome it."

Asked if he would contest Assembly elections, he said: "I will do what party commands.

On Wednesday, Champion wrestler Dutt met Barala in the national capital.

In 2016, Singh an ace hockey player, was seriously injured after being hit by an accidental gunshot in a train, while on his way to join the national team, set to leave for the World Cup in Germany two days later.

He was almost paralysed and was on the wheelchair for two years. Singh not only recovered from that serious injury but also established himself again in the team.

(With ANI and PTI inputs)

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