Olympic boxing champ denies any political allegiances despite EC's allegations
New Delhi: Star boxer MC Mary Kom on Thursday denied supporting Congress leader Ajay Maken’s candidature in the forthcoming general elections, saying her comments about the former Sports Minister were “not political at all” and terming the allegations as “baseless.”
Star boxer MC Mary Kom
Maken’s election campaign comprised radio jingles and video clips of various sportspersons, including Mary Kom narrating the work done by him when he was sports minister.
In a letter sent to Mary Kom through chief Manipur’s electoral officer, the director general of the Election Commission of India (ECI), Akshay Rout pointed out that when she was engaged as ECI’s national icon for promoting voter participation, it was explained to her that she should desist from supporting any candidate or party. ECI DG Rout said that Mary Kom had posted a Youtube video backing Maken, who is contesting from the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat. The five-time World Champion pugilist, in her reply however, said that her intention was not at all political.
“I have no political relationship with Ajay Maken, nor with any of the political parties of India. My intention on the said comment was not at all political, but as a person appreciating him for all his deeds and performance when he was the India’s sports minister. It is sad that my comment has been made a political issue,” she said.