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Why is Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh 'invincible' in the BJP?

The “shield of invincibility” he wears is a result of the influence he has over a number of Lok Sabha districts, and Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is more powerful than many other BJP lawmakers because to his close ties to the saints and his involvement in the Ayodhya temple campaign.
His support base is increased by the several educational institutions he controls in eastern UP.
Additionally, the current municipal elections have produced a favourable environment for the six-term MP, who is presently in the spotlight due to accusations of sexual harassment from wrestlers.
Wrestlers have been protesting in Delhi's Jantar Mantar, demanding action against Singh, the president of the Indian Wrestling Federation.
The Delhi Police has accused him in two instances after being instructed to do so by the Supreme Court.
Under the strict Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, which forbids bail, one of the FIRs relates to an allegation of sexual harassment made by a juvenile.
Singh, though, claims that he will face an investigation but won't retire “as a criminal” and the Delhi police have made no attempts to apprehend him.
The BJP, which prides itself on being strict about discipline, has given his actions the metaphorical Nelson's eye.
Before he was elected WFI President in 2011, Singh was renowned for his use of pressure.
He was a significant figure in the Ayodhya movement and was regarded as the BJP's one-man army in the state of Uttar Pradesh at the time, when the party had little influence on the political scene there.
Singh, who was born in Gonda in 1957, first became interested in politics while he was a college student in the 1970s.
When senior BJP leader L.K. Advani visited Gonda during the Ayodhya agitation, he jumped into politics with a fury.
Singh gained quick notoriety inside the BJP when he volunteered to “drive” Advani's Rath.
In 1991, Raja Anand Singh of Gonda was defeated by Singh to win his first election.
He was listed as a suspect in the Babri demolition case the next year, which strengthened his “pro-Hindu image”.
Along with others, he was exonerated in 2020.
In addition to his political savvy, Singh has been elected to the Lok Sabha six times representing the districts of Gonda, Balrampur, and Kaiserganj. He is also well-known as a local mafia.
At one point, Singh's name appeared in more than 30 criminal cases.
He was charged in 1996 of providing protection to Dawood Ibrahim's henchmen. He was imprisoned after being charged under the TADA Act (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities).
Atal Bihari Vajpayee reportedly wrote to him when he was imprisoned and urged him to have courage and “remember Savarkarji who was sentenced to life imprisonment.”
Due to a lack of evidence, he was ultimately found not guilty in the case.
The BJP granted his wife Ketaki Singh the Lok Sabha ticket in 1996 while he was imprisoned, and she won with a wide majority.
It's significant to note that Singh has always had strong political support from the BJP, mostly as a result of the influence he has among Rajputs and in eastern UP.
The party's leadership is aware that kicking Singh out will cost them votes.
Singh's influence and financial power have only been stronger since the turn of the century.
Even the most feared criminal does not confess to a murder on television, therefore Singh's brazenness is clear from the fact that he did so in an interview with a TV station during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2022.
He said in the interview that he shot the individual responsible for Ravindra Singh's death. He said, “I shot the guy who shot Ravindra Singh and pushed him.
Prior to Narendra Modi's victory in 2014, Singh briefly left the BJP in 2009 to join the SP. He later rejoined the party.
His “business” prospered as his status in the BJP increased.
He is the owner of over 50 universities and institutions, and he also has mining holdings. He also dabbles in real estate, liquor contracts, and the coal industry.
On his birthday every year, Singh is renowned for giving out money, motorbikes, and scooters to fans and pupils.
His “weight” was considerably increased in 2011 once he was named WFI head.
During a performance in Ranchi in December 2021, he slapped a wrestler on stage without hesitation.
It is clear from Singh's criticism of the Yogi Adityanath administration and his claim that the bureaucracy forces elected officials to “touch their feet” how much influence he has inside the BJP. He also blasted the state administration for not being flood-ready.
Political observers are truly perplexed by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's lack of action against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Adityanath is renowned for taking the bull by the horns, especially if there is a mafia in issue.
One just cannot comprehend Yogi Adityanath's decision to ignore Singh's actions. The Chief Minister must be under pressure from above to not direct his bulldozer towards Singh's kingdom, according to a party official.
He has become even more brazen as a result of the lack of any response—not even a word of disapproval—to the situation.
“Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh thinks he is unstoppable and has no respect for the leadership of his own party. He is impenetrable to criticism, and even journalists maintain their distance. Prior to him, the police kneel. The influence he exerts must be seen to be believed, according to one of his erstwhile backers.
When Singh commended SP President Akhilesh Yadav for not criticising him in the current dispute on Sunday, he gave away some general information about his political possibilities.
The BJP is aware that any action taken against this influential MP would be damaging to party interests given that the municipal elections have already begun.
Additionally, the BJP is unable to target Singh because the Lok Sabha elections are still a few months away.
Yogi Adityanath is known as a leader of the Thakur movement, although he is by far a more powerful Thakur in state politics.
And the BJP has good reason to refrain from taking any action against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh because of it.

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