PT Usha celebrates her Rajya Sabha entry with husband Sreenivas, Salem Vinayaka Mission Research Foundation Deemed University VC Dr Sudheer and his wife Dr Sheela.
Kozhikode: Olympian PT Usha was on cloud nine when she received a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi while travelling to Salem. The PM informed her that she has been nominated as a Rajya Sabha member.
On Wednesday evening, Usha was on her way to Salem to receive an honorary doctorate awarded by Vinayaka Mission Research Foundation Deemed University.
'You have been nominated to Rajya Sabha for the country's growth in sports," PM told Usha.
She was amazed when the PM himself delivered the message to her. But immediately, she expressed her happiness and thanked the PM.
Talking to Mathrubhumi, Usha explained the unexpected political entry. After PM, the central home affairs secretary also phoned Usha.
"This is not a personal position. It is a recognition for sports in India and a proud moment indeed," said Usha.
Usha is a recipient of many awards including Padma Shri. Over 100 medals including those won in international competitions decorate the showcase of her house 'Ushus'. The senior sportswoman achieved another milestone in her life by getting an entry to Rajya Sabha.
Usha has been nurturing young sports talents with her sports school named Usha School of Athletics.
The Rajya Sabha membership is another recognition for Usha who is known as 'Payyoli Express'.
Though Usha is happy about her entry to Rajya Sabha, she is not super excited and says nothing has changed in her life. Usha's mother Lakshmi distributed sweets to visitors at her residence.
Vinayaka University Vice-Chancellor Dr Sudheer welcomed Usha to the university with a cake. Usha celebrated the special moment by cutting the cake with her husband Sreenivasan, Vinayaka University VC and his wife Dr Sheela.