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Cash registers ringing in Bharatpur akhadas for hiring musclemen these elections

Wrestlers, such as Ramesh Faujdar (22), said they had intensified their bodybuilding regimen and increased their diet ahead of the hiring season.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Oct 19, 2018, 07.06 AM IST
ET Bureau
Cash registers have started ringing in Bharatpur akhadas (wrestling training centres). With less than two months to go for the assembly election, the 50-odd young grapplers in the city are in great demand as political parties approach akhadas to hire musclemen.

“Elections are a big grosser for us. Politicians hire our boys for influencing and intimidating voters, besides providing the quintessential security cover. We are getting queries for fivesix boys every day,” said Rajan Solanki, guru of Balaji Health centre, about 180 km from Jaipur.

Wrestlers, such as Ramesh Faujdar (22), said they had intensified their bodybuilding regimen and increased their diet ahead of the hiring season.

But in a state which has seen several violent attacks on MLAs in the run-up to the polls, they might be required to play more than a cosmetic role. Recently, two BJP leaders, Rohtash Sharma and Devi Singh Shekhawat, exchanged blows in the presence of chief minister Vasundhara Raje during her Gaurav Yatra in Alwar. In a separate incident, people pelted stones and manhandled BJP MLA Heera Lal Nagar in his own constituency of Sangod in Kota.


“With the electoral battle becoming fiercer by the day, the threat of attacks is likely to go up during the campaign. We need strongmen for personal security. Since we can’t trust local boys, the best choice is Bharatpur, where we get trained men,” a sitting MLA from Kota division said on condition of anonymity.

Estimates suggest that a trained muscleman is getting paid Rs 1,500-2,000 a day, in addition to three-time rich diet, just to flex his muscles standing behind the candidate.

“We don’t provide manpower to local candidates to prevent social complications. Our pehalwans (wrestlers) are being hired across the state except in the home district and neighbouring Dholpur, Dausa and Karauli,” said Chunni Kaptan, owner of Bhuri S i n g h Vyayamshala, one of the oldest akhadas in Bharatpur. Back in Jaipur, R a j K u m a r Kumawat, director, Patron Securities and Detective Services, said he was busy meeting the sudden demand for armed security personnel for ministers and other political leaders who are in the electoral fray. With the implementation of the election code of conduct, police security and gunmen have been withdrawn from ministers. “Ministers are vulnerable to attacks during public meetings. Since the government has removed the security cover, they have approached us for private security guards and gunmen,” said Kumawat, who is also state vice president of the Central Association of Private Security Industry.
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