Babita Kumari, Mahavir Phogat join BJP ahead of Haryana polls

Champion wrestler Babita Phogat and her father Mahavir Phogat joined BJP today.

Babita Phogat is a three-time Commonwealth gold and silver medalist.

She and her father inspired the 2016 Bollywood blockbuster “Dangal” starring Aamir Khan. About Babita and her older sister making it big in the male-dominated world of wrestling, mentored and coached by their father.

The BJP expects its latest recruit to help the party in Haryana, where state elections are due this year.

Ms. Phogat has been very supportive of the central government’s policies. Arjuna awardee Babita Phogat told reporters that Modi had written history by scrapping Jammu and Kashmir’s special provisions and described herself as a “big fan” of him.

Her father Mahavir Phogat, who has won the Dhronacharya award, has also joined the BJP. He had earlier joined the party of former chief minister OP Chautala’s son Ajay Chautala. BJP-ruled Haryana will vote for a new 90-member assembly later this year

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