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Padma Shri awardee Virender Singh sits on protest outside Haryana CM's residence

Virender Singh is sitting on a protest outside Haryana CM's residence demanding equal rights like para-athletes.

Virender Singh outside the Haryana CM

Virender Singh outside the Haryana CM's residence (Source: Goonga Pahalwan/Twitter)


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 10 Nov 2021 11:50 AM GMT

The legendary Indian deaf wrestler Virender Singh has called out the Haryana government for not providing support to the deaf athletes in the state. The 35-year-old is currently sitting on a protest outside the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's residence.

"Honourable CM Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, I am sitting on the footpath outside your residence and I will not move from here till you do not give equal rights to deaf athletes like para-athletes. When the centre gives us equal rights, then why not you?," Virender tweeted.

Hailing from Sasroli in Haryana, Virender Singh cannot speak or hear. He was honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri award by Indian President, Ramnath Kovind, for his contribution to wrestling yesterday.

"It is a matter of pride for all the people of the state that the son of Haryana and Para Wrestler of Freestyle Wrestling, Mr. Virendra Singh ji has been honoured with the 'Padma Shri' award. Hearty congratulations and best wishes to him for this award," the Haryana CM Manohar Khattar had then tweeted.

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