Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Monday objected to senior JD-U leader Shivanand Tiwari (in pic) questioning the decision to award Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, to Sachin Tendulkar.
"Even otherwise, Sachin is India's Bharat Ratna. Does Tiwari suggest we give it to Lalu Yadav instead?" Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.
"Tiwari has no right to speak on Tendulkar. Sachin is part of India's identity, Shivanand Tiwari is not," he said. Raut demanded that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee should also be awarded a Bharat Ratna. "If Rajiv Gandhi can get it then why not Vajpayee?" he said.