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NEW DELHI, May 3, 2023 (TBINN)

Aam Aadmi Party (A.A.P.) has said representatives of 360 villages in Delhi, including M.L.A.s and councillors, will visit Jantar Mantar today to express solidarity with the wrestlers staging a protest, demanding the arrest of Wrestling Federation Chief over sexual harassment charges.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (B.J.P.) M.P. Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma alleged that the A.A.P. has plans to hijack the wrestlers’ protest.

Addressing a press conference in National Capital, A.A.P.’s Delhi unit convenor Gopal Rai said the wrestlers who brought fame for the country have been braving adverse weather conditions.

The wrestlers have been staging a sit-in since April 23, 2023 over allegations of sexual harassment against Wrestling Federation of India (W.F.I.) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, a B.J.P.’s M.P. from Uttar Pradesh.

They sat there in heavy rains on Monday. Prime Minister has no time to listen to them. Supreme Court had to direct that an F.I.R. be registered. Even the Sports Minister is not ready to hear their pleas, Rai lamented for protesting wrestlers. He accused B.J.P. of maligning the protesting wrestlers.

They, the B.J.P. leaders, are trying to malign the movement. Wrestlers were not allowed to put up tents. They were not allowed to install a microphone system. The whole nation is watching. People are supporting them over social media and they are also reaching Jantar Mantar, Gopal Rai said.

Recalling how efforts were made to crush the farmers’ movement against three agriculture laws of the Centre, he said the B.J.P.-led Union Government had to bow down before the protesters and repeal the contentious farm laws.

Today,, representatives of 360 villages, including councillors and M.L.A.s, will visit Jantar Mantar to support the protesting wrestlers. A strategy for the movement will also be chalked out. The voices of these players will reach every village, A.A.P. leader underlined.

The protesters have been demanding criminal action against Brij Bhushan Singh for the alleged sexual harassment and intimidation of seven female wrestlers, including a minor.

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