Wrestlers protested against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh in January this year. Priyanka Gandhi also met wrestlers.

New Delhi:

Wrestlers are protesting against the victory of Sanjay Singh, a close aide of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, accused of sexual harassment at the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). After Sanjay Singh's victory on Thursday, wrestler Sakshi Malik announced her retirement from wrestling. At the same time, wrestler Bajrang Punia has returned his Padma Shri award on Friday. Bajrang Punia went to the Prime Minister's residence to return the award, but if he did not get permission to go inside, he kept the award there on the footpath. Now Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has met the Olympic winning wrestlers on Friday. Priyanka has assured the wrestlers of supporting them in their fight for justice.

Priyanka Gandhi reached Sakshi Malik's house on Friday. There he met Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia. Sources say that Priyanka Gandhi expressed confidence in supporting both the wrestlers in the fight for justice. Earlier, Sakshi Malik met former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and MP Deepender Hooda.

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Deepender Hooda posted on X Deepender Hooda said in a post on the social media platform 'X', "India's only Olympic medalist woman wrestler sister Sakshi retired from wrestling sport after being troubled by the gross injustice done to her and the promise of the central government. These are not good signs for the respect of women of the country and the sports world. This morning, Sakshi Malik and her husband Satyawart Kadyan met. They were deeply hurt by the breach of promise made to them."

"We urged him to reconsider his decision to retire from wrestling in the interest of the country and assured him that we will not leave him till justice is meted out," he said. Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia on Friday decided to return his Padma Shri award in protest against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh's trusted confidant Sanjay Singh becoming the president in the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) elections. A day earlier, Sakshi Malik announced her retirement.

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Returning Padma Shri Bajrang Punia's personal decision- Sports Ministry Meanwhile, the Sports Ministry
on Friday said that Bajrang Punia's decision to return the Padma Shri award in protest against Sanjay Singh's election for the post of WFI president is personal. But still efforts will be made to convince them to reconsider this step. "Returning the Padma Shri is Bajrang Punia's personal decision. The WFI elections were conducted in a fair and democratic manner. ''

Sanjay, a close aide of outgoing WFI president Brij Bhushan, became the
WFI president in the election held here on Thursday and his panel won 15 out of 13 posts. Who had put a lot of effort to bring changes in the federation.

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