Saina Nehwal joins BJP

    New Delhi (NVI): Ace shuttler and former world number one badminton player Saina Nehwal today joined BJP, while praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for having done “so much for sports” in the country with “initiatives like Khelo India”.

    The badminton star player joined the saffron party at its headquarters here in the presence of BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh.

    “Today, I am joining a party that performs well for the country,” she was quoted as saying by BJP’s official Twitter handle.

    “Modi Ji has done so much for sports in India with initiatives like Khelo India. Looking forward to work hard for the country and the people,” she was quoted in another tweet.

    Saina has been honoured with awards like Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award. She is also the first Indian badminton player to have won an Olympic medal.

    Last year, cricket player Gautam Gambhir and wrestler Babita Phogat had joined BJP.