Award-winning shooter and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Shreyasi Singh struck gold in the 2020 Bihar Elections, by winning a seat from the Jamui constituency she was contesting. The 27-year-old has emerged victorious in the State Assembly constituency upon her debut entry into politics. PTI reported that Singh defeated sitting Rashtriya Janata Dal MLA Vijay Prakash by more than 40,000 votes.
According to official data by the Election Commission of India, Singh secured 79,603 votes (43.89 percent) while Prakash bagged 98,147 votes (21.26 percent). ANI confirmed Singh’s win with the following report:
— ANI (@ANI) November 10, 2020
Who Is Shreyasi Singh?
Daughter of former Janata Dal-United leader Digvijay Singh, Shreyasi Singh had joined BJP on October 4 and was a candidate from the Jamui constituency. Singh’s mother too is a politician, having “won the by-elections to the Lok Sabha in 2010,” as reported by Huffington Post.
Singh completed her graduation from Delhi University and went on to pursue a course in MBA. An Arjuna Awardee, she has several sporting accolades to her name. In 2014, she won a silver and in 2018, a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Read more about her sports career here.
According to News18, “Her total declared income is Rs 39 lakh of which Rs 39 lakh is self income. Shreyasi Singh’s has total liabilities of Rs 0.” Moreover, the election affidavit reportedly “mentioned 0 criminal cases registered against her.”
Singh’s Key Views
In an interview with TNIE, Singh had said, “I will try to bring hard work and sportsmanship to politics. We are trained to function under the high pressure and will take all the challenges that a political career throws my way to make Jamui a land of genius given under equal opportunity and all needed supports.”
Singh has mentioned on occasion that education and the upliftment of Biharis are her priorities as a politician. Calling it a “larger project,” Singh has expressed that the state needs to focus on development to avoid the “exodus” of its people to other places. “Why should Biharis leave Bihar and live like second-class citizens elsewhere. That’s not good, that’s not right… When you talk about politics, it has to be with development in mind, not just infrastructure but my vision is multi-dimensional development. Why don’t we create enough job opportunities in Bihar so that our people can live with dignity, with their families?”