New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Ace badminton player Saina Nehwal joined the BJP today. The acquisition comes as a major boost to the saffron party owing to her huge fan following, which comes just ahead of the assembly polls in Delhi. Along with Saina, her sister Chandranshu also joined the party. 

"The way Prime Minister works day and night, I like it very much. I like doing something for the country & BJP is a party that is doing good work for the country, I am happy to have joined the party," she said. 

The 29-year-old Haryana-born badminton player is one of the most successful Indian athletes who has bagged both Olympic and Commonwealth Games medals. She has been honoured with the country's top sporting awards like the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award. 

Saina had won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a bronze at the Asian Games, besides reaching finals at the Denmark, Indonesia Masters and Syed Modi International.

Nehwal has won as many as 24 international titles, including bronze medal at the London Olympics. In 2015, the 29-year-old became the first Indian woman shuttler to achieve the World No. 1 ranking. She is currently ranked ninth and has been struggling for form following her recovery from injuries.

Last year, ahead of the assembly elections in Haryana, a number of sportspersons including former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir and Commonwealth Games medal-winning wrestler Babita Phogat had joined the BJP. 

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.

Last month, the athelete was among the Twitter users who had posted identical tweets lauding PM Modi's speech at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan. "I’m hearing a thought provoking speech from @narendramodi sir #RamlilaMaidan," she had tweeted. Nehwal was trolled heavily on Twitter with screenshots of the identical tweets. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta