Chandigarh, Oct 24, 2019-
BJP’s ‘champion’ candidates — wrestler Babita Phogat and hockey hero Sandeep Singh — are shinning in the Haryana Assembly polls.
International wrestlers Babita Phogat from Dadri and former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh from Pehowa are leading in their respective seats, while another wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is trailing from Baroda.
All are greenhorn politicians.
Phogat, is leading from the Dadri seat with 15, 875 votes, Sandeep Singh is leading from 25,579 , while Dutt is trailing Krishan Hooda of Congress by around 4,000 votes.
For Dutt, 36, who won a bronze in 2012 London Olympics, politics is a platform where one gets a chance to remove all loopholes from the system, while for Phogat, 29, joining politics means having the opportunity to do something for the country.
Flicker Sandeep Singh, 33, who was paralysed and was on the wheelchair for two years after being hit by an accidental gunshot in a train in 2006, believes Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an inspiration for him. By joining politics, he wants to serve the nation.
All the Olympians had to resign from the state government jobs before joining the BJP.
The latest trends on the Election Commission website shows that out of 90 seats in Haryana, Congress is leading on 34, BJP on 36, JJP on 10 and Independents on seven. (Agency)