From the boxing ring to the election battleground, boxer Vijender Singh is starting his political innings as a Congress candidate for the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections. The 33-year-vintage Olympic bronze-medallist could be contesting from South Delhi constituency which goes to polls on May 12. He isn’t the primary sports celebrity to enter lively politics. Yesterday, cricketer Gautam Gambhir became selected to contest general election from East Delhi constituency on BJP price ticket. The Padma Shri awardee and former Indian beginning batsman, who retired from cricket in December after a 15-12 months stint, had joined the birthday party closing month.
While the two ace sports activities stars will fight it off within the countrywide capital, Rajasthan’s Jaipur Rural parliamentary constituency will even see a heated contest between two Olympians.
Olympian shooter-grew to become-flesh presser Rajyavardhan Rathore, the sitting lawmaker in Jaipur Rural, may be contesting as BJP candidate from the equal seat.
Mr. Rathore, 49, won a silver medal for India at the 2004 Athens Olympics and gold at the Commonwealth Games at Manchester in 2002 and Melbourne in 2006. In the 4 years, he received 25 medals at diverse worldwide championships.
Contesting against him can be Congress’ Krishna Poonia, the Indian lady music-and-subject athlete. Ms. Poonia, 36, won a gold medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. She also participated in three Olympics and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2011.
Krishna Poonia, who’s at the start from Haryana, received last yr’s Rajasthan meeting election from Sadulpur after a loss within the preceding election.
Jaipur Rural is going to polls on May 12.
Two former veteran cricketers Kirti Azad and Mohammad Azharuddin may also be within the contest for the Lok Sabha polls 2019.
Kirti Azad will be contesting from Dhanbad Lok Sabha constituency in Jharkhand that goes to polls on May 12. Mr. Azad, who become suspended with the aid of the ruling BJP for anti-birthday celebration activities, had joined the Congress in February.
Mohammad Azharuddin, one of the superstar campaigners of the Congress, is the working presidents of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC). He had won Moradabad Lok Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh in 2009 fashionable election, however, had faced a crushing defeat from Tonk-Madhopur in Rajasthan on the fingers of BJP’s Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria in 2014 countrywide elections. His Lok Sabha seat is yet to be announced by way of the Congress.