Commonwealth Games gold medallist Shreyasi Singh, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, will fight the Bihar state assembly elections.
Shreyasi’s name was included in a list of 27 candidates that the BJP released on Tuesday for the first phase of polling in Bihar on October 28.
This will be 29-year-old Shreyasi’s debut in politics, though she had campaigned for her mother Putul Kumari who contested as an independent candidate in the last Lok Sabha elections.
Shreyasi Singh had won gold medal in the women’s double trap at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. In 2014, she won a silver in the same event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and followed it with a bronze at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. In 2018, Shreyasi was honoured with the Arjuna Award.
Shreyasi’s father Digvijay Singh, a former union minister, and grandfather Kumar Surendra Singh, both served as presidents of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI).