Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Babita Phogat expressed confidence in securing a victory at the Dadri constituency in Haryana as she cast her vote on Monday. The Indian wrestler said that she was surprised by her swift shift from sports to politics and said that it was the blessings of the people that had got her ahead even in her political career. Vowing to resolve ground issues in her constituency, the CWG medallist said that she would work on issues related to development, water, women's and children's welfare and other such issues that she was sure people would trust her to resolve.
Babita Phogat revealed that she was a fan of PM Modi dating back to when he was the Chief Minister of Gujrat. Hailing PM Modi as an inspiration, Babita Phogat said that she was extremely proud to contest the polls with PM Modi's support. Babita Phogat revealed that she used to watch PM Modi's campaigns and take inspiration from the former Gujrat CM. The Indian wrestler said that she had learnt the art of politics from her father.
The Haryana Assembly polls have seen the entry of popular wrestler and BJP candidate Babita Phogat contesting from Dadri against Congress candidate Nirpender Singh Sangwan and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) candidate Satpal Sangwan. Seventeen candidates are in the contest for the Dadri assembly seat. The seat is currently held by Rajdeep Phogat, who was elected on an Indian National Lok Dal ticket but shifted to the breakaway JJP last year. Dadri had around 1.7 lakh voters.
As per the Jan Ki Baat Opinion poll based on ground surveys ahead of the Haryana assembly elections, BJP's Babita Phogat has a slight edge over the independent candidate in the Dadri seat, though the battle is very difficult to call. Overall, across the state, however, things are projected to be a little clearer with the BJP predicted to increase its seats to the range of 58-70 whereas the JJP may win five to eight seats. Congress is likely to get 12-18 seats whereas INLD can fare only in one to no seats. Double Commonwealth Gold-winner Babita Phogat was already a household name before the movie 'Dangal', revolving around the struggle of her father and wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat to train her and her sister Geeta also became a hit.