In a Republic Bharat exclusive, Sonali Phogat of the TikTok fame and the BJP’s candidate for the Haryana election responded to her political opponents who have claimed that she is trying to win the state elections by making controversial remarks. Addressing her opponents remarks Phogat stated, “when I make a speech, wherever I talk, there are many cameras on me and the words that I say are cut and then a few lines are added and then a new video is made because there is no other way to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party apart from these cheap tricks.” Phogat added, “some of the opponents think just because they have thousands of crores they can do anything but the public can see through all the lies and in the end the truth always prevails.”
Sonali Phogat further added that her opponents are doing everything in their power to derail me, “wherever I may go to give a speech there are multiple cameras that are always on me and this is their way of intimidation. They think that I am naive and foolish and that I am in politics just to entertain myself. They also deride me saying I do not know politics”. The TikTok sensation agrees that she does not know politics but she adds, “I know how to love my country, I know how to work for the people and this is my strength even if I do not seem like a politician to you but I am a good person.”
Phogat on October 8, brewed up controversy when she asked a group of people if they were from Pakistan when they did not chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' at her rally in the Adampur constituency. "Pakistan se aaye ho kya? Pakistani ho kya? Agar Hindustan se aaye ho to Bharat Mata ki Jai bolo. (Have you come from Pakistan? Are you Pakistanis? If you are from India chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai')," she told a few people in the crowd at the rally who remained silent after she asked the audience to raise the slogan. The TikTok sensation then again started chanting 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' in unison. Turning to that section in the crowd again, on her right, she said, "I feel ashamed that people like you too are Indians, who would not chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' for petty politics." In a video of Phogat's purported outburst, which went viral on social media, she is seen further telling them, "Those who cannot say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', their vote has no value". "Shame on those who cannot chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai."