Priyanka Chaturvedi responds to PT Usha’s remarks about wrestlers after Mahua Moitra
In response to PT Usha’s criticism of the wrestlers who protested against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Priyanka Chaturvedi gave her statement.
Shiv Sena MP responded to P.T. Usha’s criticism
On Friday, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi responded to criticism made by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president PT Usha of wrestlers who demonstrated against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the head of the Indian Wrestling Federation. She said that “we” should all speak out for “our sportswomen.”
P.T. Usha’s statement
On Thursday, Usha, a Rajya Sabha MP, claimed that the grapplers lacked discipline for hitting the streets to continue their demonstration against Singh rather than approaching them.
“The IOA, in our opinion, has a committee and an athletes’ commission for submitting accusations regarding sexual persecution. They ought to have come to us, not the street (again),” Usha told reporters after the executive committee meeting of the sports organization.
Usha retorted, “There needs to be some order. They have taken to the streets rather than approaching us.” When asked if the IOA would speak with the wrestlers, who have said they will remain at the location of the demonstration as long as their demands for justice are met, she said that it would be bad for sports.
Priyanka Chaturvedi’s statement
Usha’s remarks prompted Chaturvedi to respond, claiming that it damages the country’s reputation when “MPs accused of sexual harassment go free while the victims have to fight for justice.”
Since they were the ones who brought honor to our country and gave us cause to be proud, Chaturvedi continued, “I’m sorry, ma’am, but we must stand up for our sportswomen and not accuse them of tarnishing their image.”
Mahua Moitra slammed Usha
Usha was criticized earlier by Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra for saying that the wrestlers were “tarnishing India’s image.” Moitra questioned whether “India smells of roses” in light of the damaging allegations made against a member of the ruling party and the Delhi Police’s refusal to file a case.
Mahua Moitra’s statement
“Wrestlers demonstrating in public are damaging India’s reputation, says @PTUshaOfficial,” wrote Moitra in a tweet.
That makes India smell like roses, doesn’t it, with a ruling party MP chairing the WFI for years who have been accused of molestation and abuse of power against whom @DelhiPolice refuses to lodge an FIR despite an SC order? She concluded her statement with the hashtag “#StopCrawling.”
Vinesh remarks on other athletes’ silence
Vinesh, in the meantime, the issue has been met with silence from top athletes, including Indian cricket players.
“Not a single cricketer has spoken up even though the sport is revered across the country. We’re not asking you to speak in our favor, but at the very least, say that justice should be served to both parties. I’m hurt by this, so whether they are boxers, athletes, badminton players, or cricketers,” the World Championship medalist was interviewed and provided a quote by the news agency.