Mumbai: Former India opener Chetan Chauhan is one of the few cricketers with an active political career lasting over two decades. He has seen ups and downs along the way. In 1991 and 1998, he contested as BJP MP from Amroha, only to lose on both occasions. Though he is happy to know that Sachin Tendulkar has been offered a seat in the Rajya Sabha's nominated category by the Prime Minister, Chauhan fears the outcome if the batting icon was to associate himself with a political party.
"If Tendulkar is being nominated in the honorary sports/culture category, it is good. It will be a matter of pride for us. It will be a big honour for him to join us in the Parliament. Mostly great people like Lata Mangeskhar and others who have been nominated in this category, haven't been able to make that much of a difference. Sachin can change all that.
"My only fear is that the stamp of a political party should not come on him. People should not think he belongs to any political party. I want him to remembered as a sportsperson first. That should be his attitude. He shouldn't align himself with anyone. The minute he associates himself with a party, the public's perception about him will change.