New Delhi: Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and his son Karan are not part of the electoral college for the upcoming Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) elections. But this list includes the name of a member not associated with the existing state bodies. As per the WFI constitution, only members of the state executive can be part of the electoral college for elections. Anita Sheoran (one of the witnesses in the sexual harassment case against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh) has been named in the list as Odisha representative for the August 12 elections.
Anita, 38, won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Anita comes from Haryana and works in the state police. Similarly, the name Prem Chand Lochab has surfaced as the representative of Gujarat while he is actually the Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) secretary. Also, voting rights have been given to Assam after a surprise decision by the ad hoc panel to grant membership to the state.
A Wrestling Federation of India source said, “How can an ad hoc panel give membership to a state? It is a decision, that the General Council takes. It is difficult to understand how this decision has been taken. This is a clear violation of the WFI constitution. Those who are not part of the state bodies are enrolled and approved in the Electoral College list.”
Brijbhushan Singh’s son-in-law is the representative from Bihar
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur had promised the protesting wrestlers led by Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia that no one from Brij Bhushan’s family would contest the elections. The names of Brij Bhushan Singh (UP outgoing president) and his son Karan (Vice President in UP state body) are not included in the voter list. Brij Bhushan Singh’s son-in-law Vishal Singh will be the representative from Bihar in the election.
Let us tell you that the much-awaited elections of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) will be held on August 12. Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, MP from Kaiserganj, Uttar Pradesh, is facing many allegations of sexual harassment. Brij Bhushan Sharan is currently out on bail. His term of 12 years as an office bearer has been completed and he cannot contest elections.