One-time wrestler and Samajwadi Party (SP) president Mulayam Singh Yadav has floored many in political circles by offering a political opportunity to ace shuttler Saina Nehwal.
Speaking at the convocation of a private university in Aligarh on Saturday, Mulayam said he would give an appropriate opportunity in his party to Saina if she ever chose to enter politics. He said the party would not mind fielding her from Aligarh Lok Sabha seat if she was willing.
The remark surprised many in the audience, in his own party as well as in political circles here.
Mulayam is known for his fondness for his old sport of wrestling, and has often honoured wrestlers during his tenures as UP chief minister. In the past, he has also picked up apolitical talent for his party, the most prominent one being actor Jaya Prada who became the SP MP from Rampur in UP.