Guna (Madhjya Pradesh), Dec 20: A ruling BJP MLA of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday sparked a new controversy when he described India cricket captain Virat Kohli as anti-national for choosing Italy to marry Bollywood star Anushka Sharma.
While inaugurating Narendra Modi’s ‘Skill India Centre’, the legislator from Guna, Panna Lal Shakya, told a gathering:”Virat has earned money and fame in India, But he didn’t find any place to marry in the country. Is Hindustan untouchable?”He went on to add, “Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Vikramaditya, Yudhishthir got married on this land. You all must have got married here. None of us goes to a foreign country to get married … (Kohli) earned money here and spent billions there (Italy)… (he) doesn’t have any respect for the country. This proves he is not a patriot.”
He added that Kohli cannot be an inspiration to Indians as only those who are loyal to their country and swore by it deserved to be an inspiration. He said the same about Anushka Sharma as well.
In an unusual jibe Shakya also said that dancers of Italy became billionaires in India while Kohli took India’s wealth out of the country.
“If you think minutely, then you will know that the dancers of Italy become millionaires here and you are taking country’s money there. Then what will you give to the country? Howsoever big one may be, he can’t become our ideal person. Our ideal person is one who is honest to the country and earns money through hard work,” Mr Shakya said.
The BJP has, however, distanced itself from the remarks of Shakya.
Party’s state spokesperson Rajneesh Agrawal told reporters that the remarks were personal views of the MLA and that the BJP had nothing to do with it.
Reacting to Shakya’s remarks, Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Arun Yadav said: “When the BJP leaders want to hide their failures, they start giving such statements to divert people’s attention. That’s what is happening currently in state.”
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma got married at a private ceremony in Tuscany, Italy, last week.