Sachin Tendulkar’s nomination to Rajya Sabha draws mixed reactions

first_imgEven before cricketer Sachin Tendulkar gets to play a new innings as a nominated Rajya Sabha member, there has been heartburn among some political parties.These Opposition parties feel that it was a political masterstroke by a beleaguered Congress.BJP leader from Maharashtra Gopinath Munde was not convinced by Tendulkar’s new role. He said the cricketer from Mumbai should have rather been awarded Bharat Ratna.”Instead of nominating master cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha, the Union government should confer Bharat Ratna award on him,” Munde said.BJP’s ally Shiv Sena echoed Munde’s view.Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “There have been discussions and then some rules were also changed. Why is the government hesitating? They should give him Bharat Ratna first. We will welcome him in the Rajya Sabha.”Apparently, the Maharashtra-based party was more upset since the Marathi icon ought to have been decorated first by a regional party.At a public function in Aurangabad, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray even took a swipe at Tendulkar’s decision to become a Congress-sponsored MP.Answering a question Thackeray said cryptically that “Congress and Sachin know well what is going on between them”.Team Anna sees no role for Sachin in RSTeam Anna member Arvind Kejriwal saw it as a political ploy by the Congress. The anti-corruption activist tweeted: “Seems to be govt using sportsman to save their party.”Another Team Anna member Kiran Bedi said it would be best for sportsmen to stick to what they are doing. She also spoke to Headlines Today and explained what she expected of Tendulkar once he assumed his responsibilities as a Rajya Sabha member.advertisementBedi said the onus would be on him to be his own voice and not just tow the line of Congress, the party which nominated him.Twitterati on Sachin’s new inningsPopular opinion did not seem to be entirely in favour of Tendulkar’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha. There have been reactions from various personalities on micro-blogging site Twitter and it has been a mix bag.Senior journalist and writer Sucheta Dalal said the Congress has been giving out nomination as if they were distributing candies.However, not everyone was critical and cynical of the nomination. Actor Rahul Bose felt that it was an honour not just for Tendulkar, but also for the Upper House.Rajya Sabha member and liquor baron Vijay Mallya said he was delighted to hear the news and it was befitting an accomplished Indian like him.Cricket experts’ thumb downThe cricketing fraternity too had reservations over Tendulkar’s new role. Former player Sanjay Manjrekar and cricket expert Harsha Bhogle felt that Master Blaster should not have become an MP.Manjrekar, a former teammate of Tendulkar and now a cricket analyst, said he was shocked at the news because he could never have imagined this to be how Tendulkar wound down his career.”My only fear is that this man is not suited for the kind of role he is being given. Until now, I’ve seen no sign of that,” Manjrekar reacted.”Even when the contracts dispute was on, when a players’ association was being formed, it was Anil Kumble in the forefront,” he said.Bhogle had a similar opinion.”I don’t think it is the greatest idea. He doesn’t have the experience of governing or doing social work. People are trying to gain mileage out of Tendulkar,” he said.last_img

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