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Political pitch awaits Sachin,Sachin's Rajya Sabha nomination doesn't get popular support

Prez approves RS nomination of cricket icon, actress Rekha & industrialist Anu Agha


Anu Agha
Anu Agha
New Delhi,
Cricket titan Sachin Tendulkar is set to enter the Rajya Sabha after President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today approved his nomination to the House.
Along with the ace batsman, the names of yesteryear actress Rekha and noted industrialist Anu Agha have also been cleared.
Sachin accompanied by his wife Anjali and IPL chairman and BCCI member Rajiv Shukla called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who reportedly made the formal offer and the cricketer gladly accepted it.
Hours later a Rashtrapati Bhawan source confirmed that the President had approved the nomination of these three eminent personalities to the House of Elders.
Sachin (39) will be the first major sportsperson and cricketer to enter the Rajya Sabha. Former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin is already a Lok Sabha MP.
In the past, Rajiv Gandhi had brought in former hockey star Aslam Sher Khan to Parliament. Khan was elected to the Lok Sabha.
The UPA government has been under tremendous pressure to suitably reward Sachin, who has brought several laurels to the country. There has been a strong demand for conferring of Bharat Ratna on him for his contribution to the game.
Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had written to the Home Ministry to seek its opinion on the choice of candidates.
Politicians of all hues have welcomed Sachin’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha “He deserved this,” said AICC general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi. BJP chief spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “Sachin is a great player. We are proud of him.”
Najma Heptullah said, “We are very happy that Sachin’s name has been proposed for Rajya Sabha.” However, the move hasn’t gone down well with the cricket fraternity. “I don't think it is a great idea. He doesn't have the experience of governing or doing social work. People are trying to gain mileage out of Tendulkar,” said cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle.
Equally significant is the nomination of the glamorous actress of yesteryears Rekha or Rekha Ganesan, known for her brilliant and emotional portrayals.
In the past, eminent personalities like directors Shyam Benegal, Mrinal Sen, thespian Dilip Kumar and playback singer Lata Mangeshkar have been the nominated to the Rajya Sabha and so have noted script writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar and earlier his actress wife Shabana Azmi.
Interestingly, only two days back Jaya Bachchan was again sworn in as the Rajya Sabha MP from the Samajwadi Party and now Rekha, once romantically linked with Jaya’s husband Amitabh, might share the same bench with her.

The reactions varied to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's nomination to the Rajya Sabha, with some welcoming the move and others critical of his new role, which will deprive him from playing. Social activist Anna Hazare, who is in Mumbai for a two-day trip for consultations on the
Information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni in New Delhi on Thursday hailed the nomination of Sachin Tendulkar for Rajya Sabha saying it was a "very good step".
She appreciated UPA's initiative in nominating Tendulkar as a member of RS saying, "Whenever Congress is in government, it has always nominated such personalities, which leads to an enviornment of energy and encouragement in the country."
Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray also reserved his comments. “Whether or not the Congress gives Tendulkar a Rajya Sabha seat or not, it is between them. I do not want to say anything about this,” he said.
However, Congress MP from north Mumbai Sanjay Nirupam welcomed the move. “Sachin deserves every bit and more. He also deserves a Bharat Ratna. I whole heartedly welcome this decision,” he said.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Madhav Bhandari, however, said: “As a fan of Tendulkar, I will welcome this move, but as an observer of politics, it will be like keeping him away from his biggest passion - cricket. I also see this as a trick to keep Tendulkar from a Bharat Ratna.”
Commoners, on the other hand, were baffled even at the possibility of Tendulkar as a Rajya Sabha member.
“I am perplexed. Who recommended him? What were they thinking? And tell me what will he do on that position? Sachin is a good cricketer and let them stay in the field of cricket and achieve greater heights,” said Deep Vora, a software professional.
Agreed another Mumbaikar Raghavendra BR, a musician. “Sachin is an achiever in his own right. But I don't quite agree with him being nominated for Rajya Sabha, especially, with his busy schedule,” he said.
“Sachin never seemed to have any inclination towards politics or working of the parliament. I wonder if he has the time to get political, given that his passion for Cricket is so strong. However knowing the personality that he is, I am sure he could do a lot of good to cricketing in India,” said Ajinkya Raut, a dentist and a cricket fan.
Majority of tweets on the social networking website, Twitter, trashed the player's nomination for the RS seat.
Hashtags like #UnfollowSachin, If Sachin and RS MP trended thoroughout the night criticising the idea of the nomination. However there were also those who welcomed Congress party's decision.

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