Ahead of Haryana polls, Babita Phogat joins Bharatiya Janata Party
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Indian wrestler Babita Phogat, who won the gold medal in 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, on Monday joined the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) ahead of the polls in Haryana.
Babita and her father Mahavir Singh Phogat joined the BJP in the presence of Union Minister Kiren Rijiju at the Haryana Bhawan in Delhi.
Delhi: Wrestler Babita Phogat and her father Mahavir Singh Phogat join Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Union Minister Kiren Rijiju. pic.twitter.com/p4itp7hxMX— ANI (@ANI) August 12, 2019
This comes a day after she backed Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on his ‘Kashmiri girl’ remark, saying that there was nothing "offensive in his statement".
"Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has not made any such statement that is offensive to our sisters and daughters. I urge media to not misinterpret his statement," Arjuna awardee Babita said while replying to a journalist on Twitter.
The journalist sought Phogat's sisters' response on Khattar's remark, where he said on a 'lighter note' that Haryana can now get brides from Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, under which Kashmiri women used to lose property rights if they marry a person from outside Jammu and Kashmir.
"How I wish my Phogat sisters, who have inspired a generation of young women, would actually 'wrestle' with the feudal and patriarchal men of their state who think Kashmiri women r cattle they can just bring for their men! Will they speak up?" the journalist asked on Twitter.
Chief Minister Khattar is not new to courting controversies. Last year, he had made some objectionable remarks over rape incidents.
"The biggest concern is that in 80 to 90 per cent of rape and eve-teasing cases, the accused and the victim know each other. In many cases, they know each other for a long time and. On one day, when there is an argument (between them over some issue) ... an FIR is lodged, saying he has raped me," Khattar had said in November last year.
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