Former Indian cricketer and Rajya Sabha MP, Sachin Tendulkar walked in the Parliament on Thursday. However, the great cricketer was not allowed to speak about his vision on the future of sports in India and ‘right to play’ in the Upper House of the Parliament.
Though, Sachin had a special moment there when MP Jaya Bachchan requested him to autograph a miniature bat.
Before his speech, the human resource minister Prakash Javadekar walked up to the former cricketer to wish him luck for his maiden speech on the ‘right to play and the future of sports in India’.
Tendulkar, then, walked up to the minister of state for external affairs, General (retd) VK Singh, and shook hands with him, before interacting with other MPs including Raj Babbar, Rajeev Shukla, D Raja and Jaya Bachchan, who got Tendulkar to sign a miniature bat and a coffee mug for her secretary.
Though Sachin was denied to speak in the parliament, he later posted a video on Youtube and spoke his heart.
“We need to transform India from a sport-loving nation to a sport-playing nation, make everyone more active and participative, inculcate and develop a sporting culture in our country,” Tendulkar said.
Sachin was nominated by the government as Rajya Sabha MP on April 27, 2012. He had made it clear that his focus would be cricket and hinting at concentrating on Parliament work after he stops playing the game.
However, he was always questioned for his lack of attendance in the parliament.