Telangana Dy CM gets 'platinum medal' for 'better coach for Sindhu' gaffe

Updated: Aug 26, 2016, 10:43 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

Telangana Deputy CM Mohammed Mahmood Ali got flak from Twitterati after unintentionally taking a dig at Gopichand by stating that Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu would be provided better coaching

Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali unintentionally took a dig at Pullela Gopichand by stating that Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu would be provided better coaching to ensure that she won the the gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"Sindhu is our daughter. The government will provide a better coach. We are confident that she will win gold medal," he told a TV channel.

The Deputy Chief Minister made the remark after receiving Sindhu and her coach on their return to Hyderabad from the Rio Olympics.

His remarks came even as the duo received a grand welcome by their fans and the government felicitated them at a function held at Gachibowli stadium.

In his speech at the stadium, Ali congratulated both Sindhu and Gopichand. He said Gopichand Academy has produced best results.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi also suggested to Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's son K. Tarakarama Rao, who is also a minister, to advise Ali not to make such obnoxious statements.

Ali had also courted controversy last year by stating that if the structure of Charminar in Hyderabad turns weak then it will be demolished. He was defending the government's decision to raze dilapidated portion of Osmania General Hospital. He later clarified that he never spoke about demolishing the Charminar.

Ali's comments naturally did not go down well with Twitterati who slammed him for his gaffe.

Here's how Twitterati reacted:

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