Wrestlers Babita Phogat and Yogeshwar Dutt lost the Assembly elections from Charkhi Dadri and Baroda respectively, while former hockey captain Sandeep Singh has won from Pehowa. All the three were fielded by the ruling BJP. Singh defeated his nearest rival Mandeep Singh Chattha of Congress by 5,314 votes.
In Dadri, Sombir Sangwan, former BJP loyalist who contested independently after being denied ticket by the party, defeated Babita and JJP’s Satpal Sangwan. Earlier in the day, as trends suggested her defeat, Phogat said she is thankful to the people for the support. “I thank people who supported me. The kind of respect they gave me, I am thankful for it. People trust the work by BJP and that’s why they vote for the party,” said Phogat.
Babita was also considered an outsider in Dadri.
In Baroda, Yogeshwar Dutt, the Bronze medalist at 2012 London Olympics, lost to Krishan Hooda of the Congress by nearly 4,000 votes. Dutt had said the BJP’s focus on nationalism and moves such as surgical strikes attracted him to join the saffron party which has always put the nation above all.
TikTok star Sonali Phogat also had to face heavy defeat at the hands of sitting legislator and senior Congress leader Kuldeep Bishnoi from Adampur, who thrashed her by a margin of 29,471 votes.