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Furore over Sania Being appointed as Telengana Brand Ambassador!!

 28 July 2014
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Furore over Sania Being appointed as Telengana Brand Ambassador!!

The Telangana government Tuesday appointed ace tennis player Sania Mirza as its brand ambassador.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao handed over the appointment letter to Sania along with a cheque of Rs.1 crore as grant for training and to meet other expenses to participate in the US Open and other tournaments.

The grant was announced Monday when Sania called on the chief minister.

The appointment letter and cheque were presented at a meeting the chief minister had with industrialists on the industrial policy Tuesday.

Rao said the state was proud over the achievements of the 'daughter of Hyderabad'.

Noting that Sania now is ranked fifth in the doubles, he hoped that she will become number one one day.
Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma said the government would appoint popular public figures as its brand ambassadors to promote the interests of the newly created state.

After she being appointed the Brand Ambassador,  Telangana BJP leader K Laxman on Thursday 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 and Shoaib

Sania was born in Maharashtra and settled in Hyderabad only later and, hence, is a "non-local", he told reporters 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.



On this, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza today hit out at politicians for raising objections to her being appointed as Telangana's brand ambassador. She said that her family had been staying in Hyderabad for more than a century and to call her an outsider was condemnable.


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