A Khap Panchayat in Haryana’s Kurukshetra has given the government a 7-10 day ultimatum to take action against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the chief of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), who has been accused of sexually harassing female wrestlers. Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait, speaking on behalf of the Khap Panchayat, emphasized the need for a strong message to be conveyed to the government regarding the matter. The Khap Panchayat’s pressure led to the cancellation of Brij Bhushan’s ‘maha rally’ in Ayodhya, which was scheduled for June 5.
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh’s Jan Chetna Maha Rally Postponed
The Jan Chetna Maha Rally, organized by Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, has been postponed. The rally, initially planned to take place in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, on June 5, was called off due to instructions from the central BJP leadership. The party leadership advised Brij Bhushan to refrain from making unnecessary statements regarding the allegations made by the wrestlers and prohibited him from holding the rally. Brij Bhushan complied with the instructions and announced the postponement of the rally.
Singh’s Response and Allegations
In a Facebook post, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh stated that he postponed the ‘Jan Chetna Maharally’ at Ram Katha Park for a few days due to an ongoing police investigation. He claimed to have made efforts to unite people from various castes, communities, and religions, both in power and in opposition. Singh also accused his political opponents and their parties of leveling false allegations against him. According to him, certain political parties are attempting to disturb social harmony by promoting provincialism, regionalism, and caste conflicts through rallies held at different locations.
Mahapanchayat and Wrestlers’ Protest
Earlier, Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Naresh Tikait called for a mahapanchayat (grand assembly) on Wednesday. The mahapanchayat took place a day after Naresh Tikait and other farmer leaders successfully dissuaded some of India’s top wrestlers from throwing their medals into the Ganga river as a protest against alleged police inaction concerning Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
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