BJP MLA says Virat Kohli is not a patriot for marrying Anushka Sharma in Italy, lambasted by party

Updated: Dec 20, 2017, 18:18 IST | PTI

BJP castigated it's Madhya Pradesh MLA Panna Lal Shakya for questioning the patriotism of cricketer Virat Kohli for preferring Italy over India to get married

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday castigated it's Madhya Pradesh MLA Panna Lal Shakya for questioning the patriotism of cricketer Virat Kohli for preferring Italy over India to get married. BJP leader S.Prakash said it is not Shakya's business to question Kohil' s patriotism.

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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma

Averring that Shakya should mend his ways and not tarnish party's image by making such unwarranted statements Prakash said, "The MLA who made this statement has no business to question the patriotism of Virat Kohli or Anushka Sharma, it is their choice to marry where ever they wanted to get married. The MLA who has made this statement has no right to tarnish the image of the BJP and I hope he mends his way. While inaugurating a `Skill India Centre' in Guna Madhya Pradesh yesterday, Shakya, said: "Virat earned money in India but he didn't find any place to marry in the country. Is Hindustan untouchable"

"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, he (Virat 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." Virat and Anushka got married last week at a private ceremony in Tuscany, Italy.

Earlier, the BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday questioned the patriotism of cricketer Virat Kohli for preferring Italy over India to get married to Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma. While inaugurating a 'Skill India Centre' here, the legislator from from Guna, Panna Lal Shakya, told a gathering: "Virat earned money 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." The Indian cricket captain and Anushka got married at a
private ceremony in Tuscany, Italy, last week. Shakya said that the training (imparted at Skill India Centre) would be useless, if the trainees would not work here.

"After getting trained, you all should work here in the country. This would be the biggest national service. Otherwise, earn money and go to Italy to marry like Virat, enjoy picnic and come back," he said. He even said that dancers from Italy become millionaires in India. "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," Shakya said.

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