Hyderabad: Olympic-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the party headquarters in Haryana on Thursday. While addressing media, the wrestler said that he had been following Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Influenced by the PM, he decided to join the party.

He further added, “I joined politics aiming to serve the people and our nation. PM Modi quite influences me, and I have been following him for a long time. With the PM’s good work in the country, I have learnt that it can be applied to politics as well. That’s why more people should come forward to serve the nation, including sportspersons. I thank the party.”

Along with Dutt, Former Indian hockey team captain Sandeep Singh and Akali Dal MLA Balkaur Singh also joined the ruling party in the presence of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala ahead of Haryana assembly elections.

With this, the party gains not one, but two Haryanvi sports icons. Yogeshwar has won a gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. While under Sandeep’s captaincy, the Indian Hockey Team won Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in the year 2009.

Recently, the Election Commission of India announced the dates for Haryana state Assembly elections. Polling is scheduled for October 21 while results will be declared on October 24.

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