|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 172 cm
in meters- 1.72 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
|Political Party||Bharatiya Janata Party (1988-2008) (2014-present)
Samajwadi Party (2008-2014)
|Political Journey||• 1988: He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.
• 1991: He contested the General elections from the Gonda constituency on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket and was elected to the 10th Lok Sabha after defeating Anand Singh of INC by 1,02,984 votes.
• 1999: He was re-elected to the 13th Lok Sabha from the Gonda constituency on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket.
• 2004: He was elected again to the 14th Lok Sabha from the Balrampur constituency in Uttar Pradesh on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket.
• 2008: He joined the Samajwadi Party after resigning from the Bharatiya Janata Party.
• 2009: He was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Kaiserganj constituency in Uttar Pradesh on the Samajwadi Party ticket.
• 2014: He resigned from the Samajwadi Party and rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party.
• 2019: He contested and won the 17th Lok Sabha on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket.
|Date of Birth||8 January 1957 (Tuesday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||66 Years|
|Birthplace||Bishnoharpur, District Gonda, Uttar Pradesh|
|Hometown||Bishnoharpur, District Gonda, Uttar Pradesh|
|School||Shree Gandhi Vidyalaya Inter College Nawabganj in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh (upto 8th standard)|
|College/University||• K. S. Saket P. G. College in Ayodhya (MA)
• Awadh University in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh (LLB)
|Educational Qualification(s)||• Master of Arts
|Religion||He follows Hinduism and is an ardent follower of Lord Rama.|
|Address||Vill. & P.O. Bishnoharpur, Shakti Bhawan, Nawabganj, Distt. Gonda-208002|
|Hobbies||Singing, writing, horse riding|
• 1 charge related to Voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty (IPC Section-332)
• 1 charge related to Causing the disappearance of evidence of the offence, or giving false information to screen offender (IPC Section-201)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for dacoity (IPC Section-395)
• 1 charge related to an Attempt to murder (IPC Section-307)
Cases where Convicted
• 1 charge related to False statement on oath or affirmation to public servant or person authorized to administer an oath or affirmation (IPC Section-181)
• 1 charge related to Illegal payments in connection with an election (IPC Section-171H)
• 2 charges related to Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of the offence committed in prosecution of common object (IPC Section-149)
• 1 charge related to Causing grievous hurt by an act endangering the life or personal safety of others (IPC Section-338)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for Rioting (IPC Section-147)
• 1 charge related to Rioting, armed with a deadly weapon (IPC Section-148)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for wrongful restraint (IPC Section-341)
• 1 charge related to Disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant (IPC Section-188)
• Opposing Raj Thackeray's Ayodhya visit
In May 2022, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh publicly urged the Indian politician Raj Thackeray to apologise for misbehaving with North Indians. Reportedly, in 2008, several people were beaten up by Thackeray's workers as they forced them to leave Mumbai because of their northern ethnicity. Thackeray led rallies in which he urged Yogi Adityanath to not meet Thackeray until he apologises.
"I will not allow Raj Thackeray, who humiliates North Indians, to enter Ayodhya. Before coming to Ayodhya, Raj Thackeray must apologise to all North Indians with folded hands. Unless Raj Thackeray publicly apologises, I request Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath that he should not meet Raj Thackeray. RSS, VHP, and the common man played a role in the Ram temple movement. The Thackeray family has nothing to do with it." The Indian Express
• Inappropriate comments on political leaders
In 2022, Brij Bhushan alleged that Rizwan Khan, a Samajwadi Party leader, and Mahfuz Khan, former Member of the Legislative Council, were Hindus. He also commented on Arvind Kejriwal that he was a crazy and clever man. While he was calling out people including Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM President), Brij talked about Yogi Adityanath and remarked that he was a child of Lord Ram. ABP News
• Arrested for harbouring Dawood Ibrahim's henchmen
Bhushan Singh was arrested in the mid-1990s under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) for allegedly aiding the henchmen of Dawood Ibrahim. ThePrint
• "Don of all dons, murderer, wrestling reformer"
Brij Bhushan's video got viral in which he admitted of murdering former Uttar Pradesh minister Vinod Kumar Singh. In 2022, Singh and three of his associates were acquitted from this murder case. Reportedly, Brij Bhushan was accompanied by Devdutt Singh, Gyan Singh, and Deep Narayan Yadav when an open fire was made on Vinod Kumar outside his house in Nawabganj, Uttar Pradesh; however, Brij Bhushan denied the allegations by saying he was in Delhi at the time of the attack. The Quint
• Wrestlers protest against Brij Bhushan Singh
On 18 January 2023, Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat held a sit-in protest against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Phogat alleged that the WFI officials and coaches were harassing women. She also made allegations against the WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for sexually harassing many girls. She said,
“Some coaches who are favourites of the federation misbehave with women coaches as well. They sexually harass girls. The WFI president has sexually harassed so many girls."
Later, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh denied the allegations and said that there was no incident of sexual harassment. The Hindu He also questioned why the protesting wrestlers never approached the federation for the past ten years and said that he would hang himself if the allegations will be proved true. Mr. Sharan Singh quoted,
"If such a thing has happened, then I will hang myself." In April 2023, some sources quoted that the accusations against him could not be proved. The Economic Times On 23 April 2023, the wrestles again sat on protest at Jantar Mantar, demanding a case of sexual harassment to be registered against Brij Bhushan. The wrestlers claimed that the promises that were made to them were not held up and their demands had not been fulfilled despite assurances. Hindustan Times On 25 April 2023, seven wrestlers moved the Supreme Court, seeking FIR against Brij Bhushan, following which the apex court issued notice to Delhi police and asked the Delhi police to respond as to why FIR be not registered against Brij Bhushan. The Times of India On 28 April 2023, the Delhi Police registered two FIRs against Brij Bhushan; one FIR was related to allegations of a minor wrestler which was registered under the POCSO Act, while the second FIR was based on the complaints of the women wrestlers. Brij Bhushan's close aide and the federation’s assistant secretary Vinod Tomar was also named in the FIRs. The Indian Express Following the FIR against him, Brij Bhushan called the protesters a stooge in the hands of the Congress and said that Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda and wrestler Bajrang Punia hatched a conspiracy against him. Mr. Singh also alleged that one of the key reasons behind the protests was the Phogat family wanted to take over the wrestling body. In the second leg of the wrestlers' protest, many politicians including Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, AAP ministers Atishi and Saurabh Bhardwaj, and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi visited the protest site; Pappu Yadav and Satya Pal Malik also visited the site. Hindustan Times On 12 May 2023, he was officially ousted from the post of WFI President after the IOA, through a letter, asked the secretary general of WFI to hand over the official documents including financial instruments to its ad-hoc panel. The IOA's three-member ad-hoc committee announced that the new president will be elected within the 45-day time frame. The Hindu On 25 June 2023, wrestlers called of their protest and decided to battle it out in court. India Today On 18 July 2023, Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court granted him interim bail for two days. The Hindu On 20 July 2023, Rouse Avenue Court granted him regular bail. The Economic Times On 23 September 2023, during a hearing at Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court, Additional Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava, who was representing the Delhi police, asserted that Brij Bhushan was fully aware of his actions, with the intention to outrage the modesty of the wrestlers. Srivastava claimed that there were three evidences against Bhushan which included a written complaint and two recorded statements conducted under Sections 161 (witness examination by the police) and 164 (statements recorded by a Magistrate) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). According to Srivastava, these evidence were enough to frame charges against Bhushan. Srivastava further claimed that Bhushan had committed these offenses at various locations outside of Delhi. He added that Bhushan had committed offences whenever the opportunity arose. India Today
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||11 June 1981|
|Wife/Spouse||Ketki Devi Singh (politician and a social worker)
Shakti Sharan Singh (deceased; eldest)
Prateek Bhushan Singh (member of the Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh)
Karan Bhushan Singh (politician)
Note: Shakti Sharan Singh died after committing suicide by shooting himself with one of Bhushan's licensed weapons at their ancestral home in Gonda on 17 June 2004. Rediff
|Parents||Father- Jagdamba Saran Singh (deceased)
Mother- Pyari Devi Singh
|Siblings||He had seven brothers who died.|
|Car Collection||• Mahindra Scorpio (2007)
• Ford Endeavour (2008)
• Toyota Land Cruiser
• Tata Safari
• Jeep Wrangler
• Cash: Rs. 50,000
• Bank Deposits: Rs. 87,52,817
• Bonds & Company Shares: Rs. 11,48,000
• Motor Vehicles: Rs. 16,00,000
• LIC/Other Insurance Policies: Rs. 24,95,500
• Jewellery: Rs. 1,50,000
• Other Assets (Pistol, Rifle, and Ripiter): Rs. 16,00,000
• Agricultural Land: Rs. 25,00,000
• Non-Agricultural Land: Rs. 25,00,000
• Residential Buildings: Rs. 1,93,89,470
Note: The given estimates of movable and immovable assets are according to the year 2019. It excludes the assets owned by his wife and dependents (minor). MyNeta
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs. 2.8 crores
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh’s net worth for the year 2019 was estimated to be Rs. 2.8 crores. It excludes the net worth of his wife and dependents (minors). MyNeta
Some Lesser Known Facts About Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh
- Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is an Indian politician and wrestler who has been elected as a Member of Parliament six times since 1999. He has represented the Gonda, Kaiserganj, and Balrampur constituencies on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket. In 2009, he joined the Samajwadi Party after resigning from BJP and was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Kaiserganj constituency in Uttar Pradesh on a Samajwadi Party ticket; however, he resigned from SP in 2014 and rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party.
- While he was studying at school, he began wrestling in several ‘akhadas’ and participated in dangals (wrestling competitions). In many interviews, he has called himself “shaktishali,” meaning powerful.
- In 1987, he contested and won the election for Director of the Sugarcane Committee in Uttar Pradesh. In 1988, he contested again but lost the elections.
- In 1989, he contested the Member of the Legislative Council elections on a BJP ticket; however, he lost by 14 votes.
- On 17 June 2004, Brij Bhushan’s 23-year-old son Shakti Sharan Singh killed himself with Bhushan’s licensed weapon around 9:30 am. After he was found dead at their ancestral home in Gonda, the police found a suicide note in which Shakti blamed his father for his suicide and said,
You have not proved yourself to be a good father. You did not take care of us – my brothers, me, and my sister. When we needed money, you did not oblige. We had to borrow from others. You said I would be your representative, but all you want me to do is attend weddings. I hope after my death you will look after my brothers and sister well.”
In an interview, Brij talked about his son’s death and said that he was not aware of his son’s depression and how he felt about him. He further added,
I know I might have hurt my son, but it is not possible for any politician to get his family wherever he is going to give company. What could I have done? I have so many enemies. And there was no trace of the hidden frustration on his face. I was planning to get him married.” The Telegraph
- When Brij was studying at K. S. Saket P. G. College in Ayodhya, he became a student union leader.
- Brij Bhushan owns several cows, dogs, and horses.
- In the early 1990s, Brij Bhushan was actively involved in the Ram Mandir movement in Ayodhya.
- In 1991, after winning the 10th Lok Sabha elections, he was appointed as a member of the standing committee on Science and Technology. He has been a member of several standing committees including Home Affairs, Human Resource Development, Estimates, Labour Member, Public Accounts, Urban Development, Youth Affairs, and Sports.
- Mr Singh has established more than 54 educational institutions in Gonda, Bahraich, Faizabad, and Bahraich of Uttar Pradesh, which mainly focuses on providing education to underprivileged children.
- In 2015, he was appointed as the Asian Vice President of the United Wrestling World (UWW).
- In 2019, he was appointed as the President of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for the third time.
- Mr Singh has organized three-day wrestling leagues several times in which many professional Indian wrestlers have also participated.
- In June 2020, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh was assigned the charge of the 18th Asian Games by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
- In December 2021, he became a member of the government’s Mission Olympic Cell, which monitors and plans the preparations for the Olympics.
- Brij Bhushan is fond of aircraft and owns two helicopters.
- Brij Bhushan follows a strict fitness regimen.