Telangana BJP leader K Laxman on Wednesday flayed the TRS government’s decision to appoint tennis star Sania Mirza as brand ambassador of the newly carved-out state, terming her as “daughter-in-law” of Pakistan and questioning her credentials for the honour.
Sania was born in Maharashtra and settled in Hyderabad only later and, hence, is a “non-local”, he told reporters here and sought to dub her as “daughter-in-law” of Pakistan, pointing out that she was married to that country’s cricketer Shoaib Malik.
The 27-year-old tennis player had never participated in agitation for a separate state of Telangana, said Laxman who is leader of BJP in Telangana legislative assembly.
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Laxman accused the government of taking the step with an eye on the minority community votes in upcoming elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
Handing over a grant of Rs 1 crore here yesterday, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao appointed Sania as brand ambassador of Telangana and described her as a daughter of Hyderabad.