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Outpour of support for protesting wrestlers as politicians crowd Jantar Mantar

Multiple politicians visited the protesting wrestlers to show in a show of support in their fight against WFI President.

Outpour of support for protesting wrestlers as politicians crowd Jantar Mantar

Satya Pal Malik with protesting wrestlers at Jantar Mantar. (PTI Photo)


Pritish Raj

Updated: 27 April 2023 9:23 AM GMT

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi: The protest by country's top wrestlers against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) continues to intensify with politicians from across the spectrum flocking down to the protest site in Jantar Mantar here.

Among the big names, former Jammu Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik, Haryana's leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda, CPI leader and former Rajya Sabha member Brinda Karat, AAP spokesperson Reena Gupta turned up to show solidarity with the wrestlers.

From Bhartiya Kisan Union leaders to local politicians, the support growing every day for the wrestlers who are grateful for the support.

"We are thankful to CJI Chandrachud sir for taking note of our complaint. We are grateful to the country for supporting us and Supreme Court for restoring our faith in the judicial system. We are grateful to Narender Hooda sir and Kapil Sibal Sir," Vinesh Phogat told The Bridge.

When asked that if the protest becoming political, Bajrang said, "People are coming for supporting us. BJP is also welcomed here. We do not have a problem with one single party. We are not here for politics, we are not sleeping here willingly."

One of the Khap leaders present at the protest told The Bridge, "These kids are here against the injustice and they deserve all the support. They have made our country proud and if they are in this condition, we need to support them. If needed, more people will come to support their cause."

The wrestlers along with their supporters organized a candle march at the protest site.

On the candle march, Bajrang said, "We've been taught to work hard for results. This is our hard work for justice and we will not give up until we get justice."

With Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra tweeting in favor of wrestlers, Vinesh Phogat appealed to all the sportspersons to come forward.

"I appeal to all sportspersons to stand up for us. Corrupt people have ganged up to save one man. It is time the athlete community stands for itself. I urge fellow athletes to shun fear and forego some personal gains to fight for the larger cause," said Vinesh.

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