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Pakistan’s “daughter-in-law”, can’t be Telangana brand ambassador: BJP

In a controversial remark, Telangana BJP leader K Laxman Wednesday called the Indian tennis star Sania Mirza as “daughter-in-law” of Pakistan and inquired about her credentials to be the brand ambassador of Telangana state.

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In reaction to the incident, Congress referred to the BJP leader’s statement on Sania as “bizarre”.

The TRS government had of late decided to appoint the tennis star as brand ambassador of the newly carved-out state.

Sania was born in Maharashtra and settled in Hyderabad only later and, hence, is a “non-local”, the BJP leader told reporters. He further named her as “daughter-in-law” of Pakistan, pointing out that she was married to the Pakistani 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.

He 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 on Tuesday, Chief Minister K C Rao appointed Sania Mirza as brand ambassador of Telangana and related her as a daughter of Hyderabad.

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