New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar's nomination to the Rajya Sabha has some politicians and sports-persons wondering if this is the correct move for a man hero-worshipped across the country for his incredible cricket. Sachin has been nominated as an MP by the government along with actor Rekha and industrialist-activist Anu Aga; their nominations were cleared by President Pratibha Patil last evening.
"Sachin's nomination is a real recognization of sports talent," said the Left's Gurudas Dasgupta. But he added, "Sourav Ganguly could also have been considered when he was in his top form." Mr Dasgupta also said that the government must consider recognizing achievers from other sports as well. "It should not be highlighted that they are patronizing cricket (alone)," he advised. The Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut accused the Congress of trying to leverage the cricketer's huge popularity and icon status for its own benefit. "They want to improve their image...they should not play politics with Sachin," he said. The Congress denies the allegations. The party's Rajiv Shukla, who accompanied Sachin and his wife Anjali to a meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi yesterday, said, "We are trying to bring good people in parliament...it is a kind of honour for him."
Sachin plays an IPL match tonight - the Mumbai Indians take on Delhi Daredevils in Delhi. "My first ipl game against a rajya sabha member ;) Hope the weather holds n we get a full game today," tweeted Virender Sehwag.