BJP Legislative Party Leader in the Telangana Assembly K Laxman alleged that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) did this to appease Minorities in view of the coming elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

Pointing out the player was born in Maharashtra and then came to Hyderabad in 1986, Laxman wondered how the government could honour her when she chose to marry Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in 2010.

He also wondered how the government can give her Rs 1 crore in grant while ignoring talented players of the state.

He said that Malavath Poorna, the 13-year-old Telangana girl, who scaled Mount Everest in May 25, 2014, was given only Rs 25 lakh.

"When the government has set a stringent condition that it will not reimburse the fee of those students whose parents became residents of Telangana after 1956, how can it appoint a non-local its brand ambassador," Laxman asked.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday appointed Sania as Telangana's brand ambassador and handed over the grant.

Describing her as daughter of Hyderabad, he said that she has made the city and Telangana proud.

Meanwhile, Laxman also said that Sania neither participated in the movement for separate Telangana state nor ever played "Bathukamma" (a folk song and dance performed by Telangana women).

The BJP criticised Telangana government for appointing Sania Mirza as its brand ambassador.
BJP leader K Laxman called Sania Mirza ‘daughter-in-law’ of Pakistan.
Laxman wondered how the government could honour her when she chose to marry Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in 2010.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday appointed Sania as Telangana's brand ambassador and handed over RS 1 crore as grant.
Chandrasekhar Rao described her as daughter of Hyderabad saying that she has made the city and Telangana proud.
“This is a bizarre controversy- calling Sania Mirza daughter in law of Pakistan,” said Congress leader Manish Tewari.
“We should welcome Telangana government's decision of choosing Sania Mirza as its brand ambassador,” said BSP supremo Mayawati.
BJDs’ Jay Panda said, “Wherever she may have married but she is an Indian citizen, this should be respected.”
BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi also criticized Laxman’s comment and said, “If someone says this then it reflects his culture.”

BJP leader’s remarks drew sharp criticism from political parties.

“This is a bizarre controversy- calling Sania Mirza daughter in law of Pakistan,” said former information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari.

“We should welcome Telangana government's decision of choosing Sania Mirza as its brand ambassador,” said BSP supremo Mayawati.

BJD MP Jay Panda pitched for Sania and said, “Wherever she may have married but she is an Indian citizen, this should be respected.”

BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi also criticized Laxman’s comment and said, “If someone says this then it reflects his culture.”

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