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A Telangana BJP leader on Thursday stoked a controversy over Sania Mirza being made the new state’s brand ambassador, calling her Pakistan’s “daughter-in-law”.
The comments by K Laxman, who also branded the 27-year-old tennis star as a “non-local” while questioning her appointment by the Telangana government, were roundly condemned by political parties.
Sania hit back, saying that she “will remain an Indian until the end of my life”.
Describing Sania as the “daughter of Hyderabad”, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had on Tuesday appointed her as the state's brand ambassador and handed over a R1-crore cheque. “Sania was born in Maharashtra and settled in Hyderabad only later and, hence, is a non-local,” Laxman, leader of BJP in the Telangana assembly, said in Hyderabad. He also dubbed her as “daughter-in-law” of Pakistan, as she is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik. Sania, on her part, slammed attempts to tag her as an outsider and said her family had its roots in Hyderabad. “My family belongs to Hyderabad for more than a century and I strongly condemn any attempts by any person, whosoever, to brand me an outsider," she said in a statement.