Political/Sports News, (New Delhi), January 29:-Badminton star and Olympic bronze medallist Sania Nehwal joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday, in a major acquisition for the saffron party just days ahead of the assembly elections in Delhi.
Nehwal’s formal induction into the party was announced at a press conference in Delhi. Born in Haryana, she is one of India’s most successful athletes and has a huge fan following.
A former world number 1, she has been honoured with the country’s top sporting awards like the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award. She has both Olympics and Commonwealth Games medals under her belt. In 2015, the 29-year-old became the first Indian woman shuttler to achieve the World No 1 ranking. She is currently ranked ninth.
With her tweets praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nehwal has widely been seen to lean towards the BJP. Just after the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha election had become clear, she tweeted ‘Phir ek baar Modi sarkaar’, the main campaign slogan of the BJP.
Just last month, she was also among the many Twitter users who posted identical tweets lauding Prime Minister Modi’s speech at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi. “I’m hearing a thought provoking speech from @narendramodi sir #RamlilaMaidan,” she had tweeted after the PM spoke on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act.
Nehwal was trolled heavily on Twitter with screenshots of the identical tweets. She was also among the sportswomen who put up identical tweets on Diwali, thanking PM Modi for his initiative to empower women, with the hashtag #bharatkilaxmi.
Nehwal is the latest sportsperson to join the BJP after the likes of cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who won the Lok Sabha polls last year, and wrestler Babita Phogat, who lost in the Haryana Assembly polls.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)