New Delhi [India]: Senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat who on Thursday arrived to express her solidarity and join the protest of wrestlers against the Wrestling Federation of India was asked to step down from the stage.
“Madam mike kisi ko nahi milega (we won’t give the mike to anybody),” said Olympian and 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Bajrang Punia when he saw Karat and AIDWA Delhi President on the stage. “Neeche uttar jayee (Please step down)… Request you to please step down from the stage and please do not make this into a political issue,” Punia who was addressing the wrestlers said after interrupting his speech.
He repeated the request a couple of times again.
Wrestlers have been sitting on a protest from yesterday against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and other officials alleging several grapplers have been sexually exploited for several years.
Brinda accompanied by a colleague had arrived at the protest site to express her solidarity with the wrestlers.
Earlier in the day champion wrester Babita Phogat who is now a part of the Haryana government had met the protesting wrestlers with a message from the Centre.
“I have assured them that the government is with them. I will try that their issues are resolved today,” Babita Phogat said after addressing the gathering.
Reacting to her remarks, Punia said, “Babita Phogat has come from the government’s side for mediation. We will speak with her and then give more details.”
He said that the wrestlers are fighting for their honour and right and added if they can fight for the country then they can also fight for their rights.
WFI President and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Charan Singh, however, has refuted charges of sexual exploitation levelled against him.