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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma married in Florence Dec. 11. BJP MLA Pannalal Shakya, in a veiled comment, expressed contempt for Kohli’s decision to hold his wedding abroad rather than in India. (IANS photo) 

GUNA — A Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Guna, Madhya Pradesh Dec. 19 expressed his contempt for cricketer Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma’s decision to hold their wedding abroad, rather than in India.

"A big cricketer got married recently. But in such a large country, he could find a place to marry. A player, for whom the land of India doesn't hold any importance, can't be a patriot," said MLA Pannalal Shakya, without naming Kohli, while inaugurating a skill development center here.

The BJP has, however, distanced itself from Shakya’s remarks.

The party's state spokesperson Rajneesh Agrawal told reporters that the remarks were the personal views of the MLA and that the BJP had nothing to do with the comment.

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."

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