Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, WFI's president & the BJP's bahubali neta

Published date29 May 2023
Publication titleStatesman, The (India)
The head of the wrestling confederation has eventually been cornered as a result of the demurrers by India's top wrestlers, specially Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik, in January and April. For his part, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has refuted all allegations and pertained to them as a "political vendetta"

Let's have a look at Bahubali neta of the saffron party, who enjoys strong support in Uttar Pradesh, as the WFI chairman finds himself at the core of an extremity that has rocked the sports world.

Early Life and Background:

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, a resident of Gonda district in Uttar Pradesh, has established himself as a prominent political figure with a remarkable track record in parliamentary elections. Over the years, Singh has served as a Member of Parliament (MP) six times, with five of those victories representing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and one from the Samajwadi Party (SP) in 2009. He has represented various constituencies, including Gonda, Kaiserganj, and Balrampur, showcasing his influence across several districts in Uttar Pradesh, such as Gonda, Balrampur, and Ayodhya.

In his early years, Singh was actively involved in wrestling, which cultivated his passion for sports and physical prowess. Transitioning into the political arena during the 1980s, he became a prominent figure in student politics. However, Singh gained significant recognition and popularity for his ardent "Hindutva image" during the time of the Ram Mandir movement in Ayodhya.

Singh embarked on his political career by contesting elections for the first time in 1991, successfully securing a seat in the 10th Lok Sabha. This triumph marked the beginning of a series of electoral victories, with subsequent wins in the Lok Sabha elections of 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014, and 2019. Notably, in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, he secured the Kaiserganj seat during his brief tenure with the Samajwadi Party. However, Singh later joined the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, subsequently securing victories in both 2014 and 2019 while contesting on the BJP ticket.

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh's political journey exemplifies his enduring influence and electoral prowess in Uttar Pradesh. His consistent victories in parliamentary elections and representation of various...

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