As the month-long protests from the wrestlers in Delhi against BJP MP and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh have gained sharp traction across and beyond the country and sparked a public outcry against the BJP regime, a Union BJP Minister ran away from the media persons over a question about the wrestlers protests and the visual of her fleeing the cameras has triggered a fresh wave of controversy against the ruling government.
Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, Meenakshi Lekhi has on Tuesday - May 30 presided an event to dedicate a toilet complex and water cooler to the public at Hanuman Mandir, Connaught Place, New Delhi as part of BJP's campaign of marking the completion of Narendra Modi's nine years rule. As she was at a public event when the protests from the wrestlers have escalated, she was surrounded by media persons during the event.
After the event, she was seen walking briskly towards her car and when a journalist asked her to comment on the wrestlers protests, Lekhi started running in no time. As the journalist was following her, she paced up and ran fast to avoid the question of the wrestlers protests. The Minister was heard saying, "Chalo, chalo, chalo", as she was rushing towards her car.
When she was asked by a reporter, "What do you have to say on the protesting wrestlers?", Lekhi said, "Legal process is going on", and she got into her car. The video of Lekhi's conduct of running away from the question about the wrestlers protests has been going viral on social media with the Congress party took a jibe against Lekhi by stating that she gave a 'sharp reaction' on the issue of the women wrestlers.
Sharing the video, Congress party took to Twitter and wrote, "Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi gave a sharp reaction on the issue of women wrestlers." The incident happened hours before the protesting wrestlers including Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat decided to immerse their medals that they got from the international tours in river Ganga. BJP MP and WFI chief Brij Bhushan Saran Singh has been accused of sexual allegations by the wrestlers.
The wrestlers have been protesting in Delhi for over a month demanding an action against Singh and that he should be suspended from the post and arrested. The Delhi police, under the direction of the Supreme Court, have filed two FIRs against Brij Bhushan Saran Singh and as their demand of apprehending him wasn't met, the wrestlers have on Tuesday announced that they would throw their Olympic and Commonwealth medals into Ganga River to show their fury and escalate their protests.
The wrestlers reached Haridwar and broke down in tears near the river bank as they brought their medals to immerse them in the river. As several celebrities and sport stars reacted to the dramatic turn of the protest, asking the wrestlers not to disregard their medals, Naresh Tikait, the leader of a farmers union, has met the wrestlers in person and took their medals. Tikait later issued a five-day ultimatum to the government to address the demands of the wrestlers and if it fails, they will immerse their medals in Ganga River.
Reacting to these grim incidents, Brij Bhushan Saran Singh, the WFI chief against whom the wrestlers levelled sexual allegations charges, said that the Delhi Police were investigating the matter and there was nothing to be done. He said, "Let's see what happens. FIRs have been filed after their complaints. Now what can we do? Today, they went to immerse medals in Ganga ji, but instead of Ganga ji, they gave the medals to Tikait. It's their stand. My term is over. If I am found guilty, I will be arrested. What's the problem with that."
Union Minister for External Affairs & Culture @M_Lekhi has time to innagurate and dedicate Water coolers and Toilets but when asked to answer about #WrestlersProtest 👇pic.twitter.com/BNfhlfWxyd https://t.co/NZLlzJt38y— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) May 30, 2023