Nellore: Cricket legend and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday administered an oath to the residents of a village he has adopted in Andhra Pradesh to shun alcohol, urging them instead to "get addicted to spending time with family".
Wearing a purple shirt and jeans, the 41-year-old visited Puttamaraju Kandriga village for the first time after his announcement to adopt it under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna. "It's my way of saying thank you for your support. Give up drinking. Get addicted to spending time with your family at the community centre we would build," he told excited villagers, who jostled to catch a glimpse of the legend.
The village, with a population of around 400, depends primarily on farming as a source of livelihood. Children are forced to walk nearly three kilometers to attend the nearest high school.