Sachin Tendulkar takes oath as Rajya Sabha MP
Mr Tendulkar, who took oath in the office of Rajya Sabha Chairman Dr Hamid Ansari, said he was honoured and keen to help not only cricket but other sports as well. “In the last 22 years of my international career, cricket has given me so much and I also wanted to give something back to cricket in the latter half of my life. Today with the nomination, I am in a better position not only to help cricket but also other sports. It means a lot to me. I will try to help other sports.”
“But I believe there will be a few obstacles along the way, and I will need from my fellow parliamentarians, the administrators, media and our countrymen. Together we can make a lot of changes,” the newly appointed MP said.
When asked how he would find time for Parliament given his busy cricket schedule, Tendulkar said he was a nominee and had not asked to become an MP .
“I didn’t go to anyone saying I wanted to become a Rajya Sabha member,” he said, adding that he was a MP because of his cricketing career and he cannot take away his focus from that.
Tendulkar said he would let everyone know when he had decided to end his cricketing career but until that time he would continue to juggle the two responsiblities of being an MP and an international cricketer.
Accompanied by wife Anjali, Sachin smiles at cameras as his car takes him into the Parliament. Not dressed in the typical garb of kurta and pyjama , Tendulkar looks relaxed as they enter Parliament.
However, he offers no comment on becoming a Rajya Sabha member barring a brief, “Thank you”.
While Tendulkar will not have much to do immediately since Parliament is not meeting presently, he may be seen in the next session of the Rajya Sabha if he’s not representing the Indian cricket team.
He is the first cricketer to be swear in as a Parliamentarian while he is still playing international cricket. Nominated along with actor Rekha to Parliament in April, Tendulkar had accepted it.
A former Delhi legislator had filed a petition in the Delhi High court seeking to quash the batsman’s nomination to Parliament by the President. However, while the court asked the government to reply to the petition it has not stopped the cricketer from taking oath.
Tendulkar has found support from most quarters with India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying yesterday that, “This (Rajya Sabha) is a new avenue for him and I am sure he will do well and contribute there also.”
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