After the Haridwar Pull-Back…
On Thursday, A powerful group of farmers called a meeting in UP's Muzaffarnagar district, to address the ongoing protests by the country's top wrestlers.
They have accused the head of their federation of sexual harassment.
Naresh Tikait, leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) and head of the Balyan Khap, has said that the wrestling protest will be the central issue discussed during the Maha panchayat at the historic Sauram Chaupal.
The wrestlers launched their protest in the National Capital in January 2023 and are demanding action against Brij Bhushan Singh, President of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), who has been accused of sexually harassing female athletes.
In a dramatic turn of events on Tuesday, top wrestlers, including Olympic medallists Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia, and Asian Games champion Vinesh Phogat, gathered on the banks of the Ganges River in Haridwar.
They had threatened to throw their World and Olympic medals into the holy river Ganga in protest against the no-action towards Mr. Singh, a member of parliament from the BJP.
However, Mr. Tikait and other Khap and farmer leaders managed to convince them to hold off, promising a resolution within five days.
Mr. Tikait told the media that I praised the athletes, saying, "Because of them, we hold our heads high in the international sports arena.
We will make sure they won't have to hang their heads in shame."