Saina Nehwal, ace Indian shuttler, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today and is likely to campaign for the party ahead of Delhi Assembly elections on February 8.
She joined the party along with her elder sister Chandranshu in the presence of party’s national general secretary Arun Singh.
“I have won medals for the country. I am hardworking and I love hardworking people. I can see Prime Minister Narendra Modi does so much for the country, I want to do something for the country with him,” she said, wearing the BJP scarf.
“I draw a lot of inspiration from Narendra sir”.
The 29-year-old was born in Haryana and has been one of India’s most successful sportspersons in the decade. The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist became the first Indian woman shuttler to achieve the World No. 1 ranking. She is currently ranked ninth.
Saina Nehwal tied the knot with badminton player Parupalli Kashyap in December 2018.
Saina Nehwal’s popularity will be a big boost for BJP, which boasts notable sportspersons in its ranks including cricketer Gautam Gambhir and wrestler Babita Phogat, ahead of the Delhi polls.