Making a goof-up, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday said that Olympic silver medal winner PV Sindhu is a resident of Karnataka and forgot her full name. Khattar made the statements while addressing a felicitation ceremony for bronze medal winner Sakshi Malik on Wednesday. “It’s a happy moment for us that on the occasion of Rakshabandhan, Karnataka’s PV Sindhu and Haryana’s daughter Sakshi Malik have won medals and made the nation proud,” said Khattar while addressing the crowd. Khattar, while honoring Sakshi, also announced that the wrestler will be made the brand ambassador of Beti Bachao, Beti Padho (Save girl child, educate girl child) campaign in the state. Sakshi was also handed over the cheque of the cash reward of Rs 2.5 crore for her bronze medal by the Haryana state government.
Notably, the Khattar government had also announced a Rs 50 lakh reward for Hyderabad-based badminton player PV Sindhu. During the course of his 11-minute speech at Bahadurgarh, Khattar also vowed support for the athletes who showed good timings during ongoing police recruitment drive in Haryana.
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#WATCH Haryana CM ML Khattar says PV Sindhu is from Karnatakahttps://t.co/TXsYp5SGay
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 24, 2016
Sakshi, who hails from poor backgrounds, won India’s first medal at the Rio Olympics 2016 in 58 kg freestyle wrestling. On her arrival at the airport, Malik said, “It’s a great feeling, the reception I got was amazing. It’s a proud moment for me.“Poore Hindustan ne mera saath diya hai, main sab ko thank you kehna chahti hun (The whole country has supported me, I want to thank everyone for it).” The medalist was received with a grand welcome. Ahead of her arrival, she tweeted “Aa rahi hoon main, apne des apne ghar! (I am coming back, to my country, to my home).”