Sonali Phogat: A TikTok Sensation, Now BJP Candidate for Haryana Polls
TikTok star and TV actress Sonali Phogat has received a ticket from the BJP for Adampur constituency in the upcoming Haryana Assembly Elections. Phogat is also the National Vice President of BJP’s Mahila Morcha. She has been fielded against Kuldeep Bishnoi of Congress who has won two consecutive elections from Adampur Constituency. Her name has been announced in the second list of 12 BJP candidates for the elections, which was released on Wednesday.
- Sonali Phogat, a Tik Tok sensation and TV actress will contest Haryana Assembly election as a BJP candidate from Adampur constituency.
- Sonali is also the National Vice President of BJP’s Mahila Morcha.
- She has been fielded against Kuldeep Bishnoi of Congress.
- BJP has released its second list of candidates on Wednesday which contains 12 names including that of Sonali Phogat.
Who is Sonali Phogat?
Sonali Phogat belongs to Bhutan village of Fatehpur district, Haryana. She was married to Sanjay Phogat of Harita, Hisar but he died a mysterious death on his farm in 2016. Sonali survived her husband’s death with a daughter who is seven-years-old now. Sonali’s elder sister has also been married in the same Phogat family, to Sanjay Phogat’s elder brother.
Sonali’s husband passed away in 2016. She lives with her seven-year-old daughter.
Sonali started her career in television by anchoring Haryanvi shows for Doordarshan eight years ago. Her biggest break came when she cast in ZEE TV’s serial Amma, in 2016.
Phogat enjoys a huge fan following on the video-sharing platform TikTok, where she has over one lakh followers. Journalist Jyoti Yadav shared one of Sonali’s TikTok videos following the announcement of her candidacy.
Sonali Phogat’s political journey
Sonali Phogat is the National Vice President of BJP’s Mahila Morcha. She is also in charge of the Scheduled Tribe wing of Haryana, New Delhi, and Chandigarh for the party and has worked on the ground level in the tribal areas of Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. She is also part of BJP’s national executive committee.
Haryana Assembly Elections 2019:
Sonali Phogat will take on Congress MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi who is the son of former three-time Chief Minister of the state Bhajan Lal.
Haryana Assembly has a total of 90 seats. In the upcoming elections, BJP is aiming to win 75 of the seats. On Wednesday, the BJP assembly released its second list of candidates to be contesting the Haryana polls. Apart from Sonal Phogat, some other interesting candidates have also been fielded for the first time. The ex-hockey captain Sandeep Singh is contesting from Pehowa, while wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is contesting from Baroda. Since Haryana is a state renowned to give the country many wonderful sportspeople, BJP has fielded another important women candidate. Wrestler, Babita Phogat, is one of the nine women candidates in Haryana election, she will be seen contesting elections from the constituency of Dadri.
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Rudrani Kumari is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.