Mahua Moitra slams BJP govt over inaction against WFI chief

TMC MP Mahua Moitra on Friday came out in support of wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar demanding the ouster of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur need to find a solution to the issue ”as soon as possible”. Singh is accused of sexual harassment and intimidation and top wrestlers of the country have vowed to intensify their protest and lodge multiple FIRs against Singh if WFI is not disbanded immediately. They also claimed that there is no ”satisfactory response” from the government to their demand though it had assured them of satisfactory action”. ”What has happened is extremely unfortunate. Indian wrestlers are sitting in a dharna as allegations have surfaced against the sitting president of WFI, who is also a six-time BJP MP,” Moitra told reporters at Palashipara in Bengal’s Nadia district on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about ‘Khelo India Khelo’ but the BJP-led government at the Centre cannot take any step against the high-handedness and non-cooperation of the WFI chief, she said. ”Despite all allegations, he (Singh) chooses not to resign and the BJP government cannot make him do so either. BJP is unable to make its MPs listen to its commandments. Our hearts go out to the wrestling fraternity. The sports minister and the prime minister need to find a solution as soon as possible,” the Lok Sabha MP added.