A BJP MLA on Tuesday sparked a new controversy, questioning the patriotism of Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, for choosing Italy as the destination for tying the knot with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma.
Pannalal Shakya, BJP MLA from Guna constituency of Madhya Pradesh, has lashed out at Kohli questioning his decision to get married on a foreign land and not in India.
"Ram, Krishna, Yudhishthira married in India. All you people have either been married or will be married in India. No one goes to a foreign land to get married like they did. He earned his money and fame in India and took it abroad," the BJP MLA said.
Inaugurating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Skill India Centre in Guna, 214 km north of Bhopal, Pannalal said that Kohli doesn’t deserve to be called a youth icon because he married in Italy. He said the same about Anushka Sharma.
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.
The couple got married in a Tuscany resort earlier this month at a private ceremony with just family and close friends in attendance.
They will be hosting a reception in New Delhi on December 21 and a grand gala affair in Mumbai for industry bigwigs and cricketers on December 26.