Champion boxer MC Mary Kom joined the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) on Friday, sweeping and cleaning the streets in Imphal.
The Incheon Asian Games gold medallist joined the mission on a “challenge” — more a nomination on the lines made popular by the Ice Bucket Challenge — from businessman Anil Ambani.
She wielded the broom at the Khongnang-ani Karak and Dingku road in the town around 6.30am, a day ahead of Ningol Chakouba, the biggest Manipuri festival in which married women are invited for grand feasts and given gifts by their brothers.
Accompanied by Manipur Rifles personnel, members of her boxing academy and hostellers of the Manipur Baptist Convention Centre, the London Olympics bronze medallist went around clearing the streets and collecting garbage heaped by the roadside.
“The Prime Minister has set in motion a chain by inviting nine individuals from different walks of life,” Mary Kom said about the cleanliness campaign launched on October 2.
“I took up the initiative here in my land to take the movement forward,” the five-time world champion added.
Spreading the word, she invited actor Darshan Kumar (he played her husband in the biopic Mary Kom), wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt, shooter Heena Sidhu, football star Sunil Chhetri and members of Monnet Sports Foundation to join the mission.
Reliance Group chairman Ambani had invited Mary Kom, tennis player Sania Mirza, actor Amitabh Bachchan and six others to join the mission.
Celebrities and public figures have taken to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in a big way and are making the impact multiply by inviting nine people each, who in turn are expected to nominate nine more, to join the mission.
Watch: Mary Kom participates in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan