Priyanka backs protesting wrestlers, demands probe

New Delhi, Jan 19 (Agencies): Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday came out in open support of the wrestlers protesting against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and its president, and demanded a probe into the matter.

“Our players are the pride of our country. They bring laurels to the country by their performance at the World level. The players have made serious allegations against the Wrestling Federation and its chief. Their voices should be heard ,” Vadra wrote in a tweet in Hindi referring to the ongoing protests of the wrestlers at Jantar Mantar here.


She added, “The allegations should be investigated and appropriate action must be taken.”

The wrestlers, who are protesting over sexual harassment by the federation chief and coaches, have said they are not satisfied with the talks with the Centre. They have said the government only gave assurances despite a few women players having evidence. They also said if the government failed to act, they would go to police.

Earlier in the day, Congress’ chairman of Media and Publicity Department Pawan Khera while addressing a conference at the party headquarters here, attacked the BJP-led government at the Centre over the same.

“The Prime Minister should issue a statement. The PM and the Sports Minister should speak out. The silence is more shocking than what has happened,” Khera said.

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