Rakesh Tikait, the leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), stated on Friday that they gave the government seven to ten days to take proceedings against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. The announcement was made by the farmers’ leader after a “khap mahapanchayat” was held in Kurukshetra, Haryana, to discuss the action to be taken in the demonstrations regarding the wrestlers’ issue.
Tikait said, “The Khap Panchayat must communicate to the authorities an urgent message from Haryana. Allot them with a window of 7 to 10 days to act. Following force from the Khap Panchayat, they decided to postpone the June 5 event (Brij Bhushan’s’maha rally’ in Ayodhya).”
The authorities need to deal with the complaints of athletes: Tikait.
According to the statement, if the authorities don’t respond to the sportspersons’ issues and apprehend Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, panchayats will be held at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on June 9.
The gathering took place the day after farmer organizations held a “Khap Mahapanchayat” that lasted for several hours in Soram village in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, and several demonstrations in Punjab and Haryana on Thursday to show support for wrestlers.
Tikait: “Will meet President.”
The representatives of the khaps from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Delhi met on Thursday in Uttar Pradesh to discuss the protests being organized by female wrestlers.
Tikait declared on Thursday that the struggle would continue as long as the demonstrating fighters received justice. “The representatives of the khaps will meet with the President and the government in favor of the demonstrating wrestlers,” he added.
Farmers in Haryana and Punjab protested at various deputy commissioner and sub-divisional magistrate offices under the banner of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha and delivered memos to President Murmu.
In the Charkhi Dadri district’s Balali village, where wrestler Vinesh Phogat was born, a panchayat also took place on Thursday, and supporters of female wrestlers came from every sphere of life.
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Due to accusations of sexual harassment of sportspeople, including a minor, the wrestlers have called for the arrest of Singh, a Gonda-based BJP MP who has ruled Indian wrestling for 12 years. Singh has refuted the accusations and retaliated against the wrestlers by claiming that each of their medals is worth 15 rupees.