New Delhi: On Wednesday, Ex Athlete PT Usha took oath as new member of Rajya Sabha. Taking to Twitter, PT Usha shared a video with captioned, “Grateful to God”.
Grateful to God 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Ip7iBwAWi5
— P.T. USHA (@PTUshaOfficial) July 20, 2022
Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a picture of him standing beside the newly sworn-in legislator, with both of them smiling and worte, “Glad to have met PT Usha ji in Parliament.”
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2022
Earlier, 58-year-old ex Athlete PT Usha met BJP national president JP Nadda. JP Nadda congratulated her for being nominated as a Rajya Sabha MP and wished her the best.
Smt. @PTUshaOfficial Ji, former Olympic track & field athlete, called upon Hon. BJP National President Shri @JPNadda today in Parliament House in Delhi. He extended his congratulations to her for being nominated as Rajya Sabha MP and wished her the very best. pic.twitter.com/0xAmqCyE8W
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— Office of JP Nadda (@OfficeofJPNadda) July 19, 2022
PT Usha and four others including screenwriter V Vijayendra Prasad, spiritual leader Veerendra Heggade, and renowned composer Ilaiyaraaja – had been nominated to the Upper House. Notably, the former athlete was nominated by the Narendra Modi-led government to the Rajya Sabha.
58-year-old PT Usha is belong from a small village in Kozhikode district in Kerala.she has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. Nicknamed ‘Payyoli Express’ for her powerful sprinting capabilities, Usha won 18 gold medals for India at several international events between 1983 and 1998. The 58-year-old is an inspiration for many young girls who dream to make a career in sports.
In 1984 Olympics held in the US, she tragically missed bagging India’s first track-and-field medal after a photo-finish revealed she finished fourth in the 400m hurdle race by 1/100 second. Usha, a recipient of the Arjuna award and the Padma Shri, was on Monday, accorded a grand welcome at the airport here by Delhi BJP. A BJP delegation led by Lok Sabha Member Manoj Tiwari and vice-president of party’s Delhi unit Virendra Sachdeva received her at the airport. She had honorary doctorates from the Kannur University in 2000, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in 2007, and the University of Calicut in 2018.