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Hyderabad: I have visited Hyderabad, the city of Sania Mirza, declared George W Bush, then President of the United States of America, to a packed audience amid lusty cheer at Purana Quila on 4 March, 2006. He was on an official visit to the City. When the glamorous tennis star married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik on 12 April, 2010, a part of India stayed glued to television sets to catch a glimpse of the couple although all they could manage was flashes of swanky cars driving into the five-star venue, Hotel Taj Krishna. Her popularity as a sports icon was so overwhelming that no one ever raised questions on her nativity. It also overshadowed questions on her marriage to a Pakistani national. But all of a sudden her nativity status is under a cloud. The decision of the Telangana government to designate Sania the 'Brand Ambassador' of the state is throwing up questions she never had to confront earlier. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhara Rao called her a 'true Hyderabadi' and claimed she was the right person to be the face of Telangana in India and abroad. The objection to her latest assignment - it carries a price tag of Rs 1 crore - comes from the usual quarters. The floor leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Telangana assembly and legislator from Musheerabad K Laxman has questioned the prudence of the government in appointing a non-Telanganite for the coveted job. Laxman sought to know what makes Sania a Hyderabadi and a Telanganite. He said Sania's father migrated from Maharashtra to Hyderabad and the tennis star is the daughter-in-law of a Pakistani. She doesn't belong to Telangana. She now lives in Pakistan, he pointed out on Thursday. The BJP leader linked it up with the avowed stand of the chief minister on the nativity issue pertaining to students pursuing professional education in colleges. KCR has been asserting that he doesn't want to reimburse the fee to students, who are otherwise eligible, on the grounds of nativity. He has also put a benchmark for deciding on the nativity of Hyderabadis or for that matter of Telanganites. He has said that the students whose parents or grandparents have been living in Telangana prior to November 1, 1956 - the date of creation of Andhra Pradesh on linguistic basis - could only stake claim for fee reimbursement and only they would be recognised as locals.

<strong>Hyderabad: </strong>I have visited Hyderabad, the city of Sania Mirza, declared George W Bush, then President of the United States of America, to a packed audience amid lusty cheer at Purana Quila on 4 March, 2006. He was on an official visit to the City. When the glamorous tennis star married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik on 12 April, 2010, a part of India stayed glued to television sets to catch a glimpse of the couple although all they could manage was flashes of swanky cars driving into the five-star venue, Hotel Taj Krishna. Her popularity as a sports icon was so overwhelming that no one ever raised questions on her nativity. It also overshadowed questions on her marriage to a Pakistani national. But all of a sudden her nativity status is under a cloud. The decision of the Telangana government to designate Sania the \'Brand Ambassador\' of the state is throwing up questions she never had to confront earlier. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhara Rao called her a \'true Hyderabadi\' and claimed she was the right person to be the face of Telangana in India and abroad. The objection to her latest assignment - it carries a price tag of Rs 1 crore - comes from the usual quarters. The floor leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Telangana assembly and legislator from Musheerabad K Laxman has questioned the prudence of the government in appointing a non-Telanganite for the coveted job. Laxman sought to know what makes Sania a Hyderabadi and a Telanganite. He said Sania\'s father migrated from Maharashtra to Hyderabad and the tennis star is the daughter-in-law of a Pakistani. She doesn\'t belong to Telangana. She now lives in Pakistan, he pointed out on Thursday. The BJP leader linked it up with the avowed stand of the chief minister on the nativity issue pertaining to students pursuing professional education in colleges. KCR has been asserting that he doesn\'t want to reimburse the fee to students, who are otherwise eligible, on the grounds of nativity. He has also put a benchmark for deciding on the nativity of Hyderabadis or for that matter of Telanganites. He has said that the students whose parents or grandparents have been living in Telangana prior to November 1, 1956 - the date of creation of Andhra Pradesh on linguistic basis - could only stake claim for fee reimbursement and only they would be recognised as locals. [caption id=attachment_1632525 align=alignleft width=380 View full gallery
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