The Congress on Monday stunned everyone by announcing Olympic and World Championship medallist boxer Vijender Singh as its candidate from the South Delhi parliamentary constituency. The announcement was surprising given that both Vijender and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had praised each other in the past. The champion boxer has now explained why he praised Modi saying that he did not know the real person ‘behind the mask.’
“When you praise someone you don’t know what is behind the mask,” Vijender told NDTV adding that he also hoped that Modi was serious when he promised to transfer Rs 15-20 lakh into everyone’s bank accounts. He said, “I still have the YouTube video. It is a lie. People, especially the poor ones, believed him.”
Vijender, who is believed to be very close to Congress Rahul Gandhi, said that Modi was known for making fake promises. In 2016, Gandhi had taken time off from his schedule to watch Vijender Singh’s WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship title bout, which he had won. Supporters of Modi had booed the Congress president by chanting the name of the prime minister.
The Olympic medal winner boxer will face Raghav Chadha of the AAP and Ramesh Bidhuri of the BJP for the 12 May elections. The Olympic and world championship medallist boxer had turned pro in 2015.
Delhi has seven Lok Sabha seats with all being won by the BJP in 2014. This year, elections to these seven seats are scheduled for 12 May. The counting will take place on 23 May.