Indian cricketer MS Dhoni's visit to Shimla ignited controversy after Himachal Pradesh government treated him as 'state guest'. Congress party alleged that the state government using taxpayer's money on Dhoni, who is on a five-day trip here.
Responding to the allegation, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur informed the state assembly that the government is not spending any money on Dhoni apart from providing security. "Dhoni is in Shimla for five days from August 27 to 31 and he has been provided adequate security by the state government," he said.
"Let me make it clear that not even a single penny has been spent on Dhoni's stay here, only security has been provided to him by the state government and that is necessary for a renowned personality like him," Jai Ram added.
Dhoni is currently busy shooting for an advertisement. He was spotted with actors for the shoot and his personal stylist.
Congress MLA Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu made it clear that they don't have any objection to MS Dhoni being treated as a state guest. But they only wanted that the state government should charge money for shooting the advertisement at par with other advertisers.