In a big development, India’s badminton player, Saina Nehwal has decided to join the BJP. According to wires, a formal announcement is also expected. In the recent past many sports personalities have joined politics and this includes Gautam Gambhir who joined the BJP before the Lok Sabha election and also won in his constituency.

Saina’s been speaking in support of the ruling government in India on many issues. Saina’s sister Chandranshu has also joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Saina is seen in a tricolour scarf along with the Party’s National General Secretary Arun Singh.

“Modi Ji has done so much for sports in India with initiatives like ‘Khelo India’” said Saina Nehwal after joining BJP. “I am joining BJP Party is working for the benefit of the country,” she added.

Saina’s Story

  • Twenty nine -year-old Saina Nehwal is one of the most successful Indian sportspeople. Saina holds more than 24 International titles including a bronze medal at the Olympic games.
  • Saina came to limelight when she won the “Asian Satellite Badminton tournament”(India Chapter) twice in 2006.
  • Her most recent performance was on January 22 Saina was knocked out of Thailand Masters after losing to Denmark’s Line Kjaersfeldt 21-13, 17-21, 21-15.

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About Saina Nehwal

A former world no. 1, Saina holds more than 24 International titles including a bronze medal won at Olympic games and eleven Superseries titles. Nehwal also won three gold medals at commonwealth games ( two at 2018 commonwealth games and one at 2010 commonwealth games). Besides these, Saina also holds an Arjuna award, a Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2009–2010) and a Padma Bhushan (2016).

Sportspeople in Politics

Besides Gautam Gambhir and Saina Nehwal, many sports stars have joined politics. Mohd Azharuddin stood in 2009 general elections from Moradabad as a candidate for the Congress party. Cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu is also involved in politics and has stood in elections several times. Babita Phogat from Haryana also joined politics recently though she didn’t win the election.

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Mansi is an Intern at SheThePeople.TV

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