Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha nominated Sachin Tendulkar says am not a politician. I am a sportsman and will always remain same. I am not going to enter politics giving up cricket, which is my life. I will continue to play cricket.
Ruling out any possibility of entering fulltime politics while playing cricket, Tendulkar said: “At the time of nominating my name, I was told that there would be many responsibilities, but the appreciation and awards that I have received are because of cricket. I won’t stop playing cricket and enter politics. Cricket is my life.”
Tendulkar also responded to his critics, who have raised doubts over whether he would make a meaningful contribution as a Rajya Sabha member. “It is a big honour for my expertise in two fields and so, after cricket, I would make whatever contribution I can for sportsmen. I would certainly want to contribute and I need your support to do it,” said Tendulkar.
Political parties have opposed the UPA government’s move to nominate Tendulkar, with Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray calling it the Congress’s “dirty picture”. The BJP has cautioned the Congress over gaining political mileage from the nomination. Tendulkar, however, insisted that the honour bestowed upon him has been previously given to others like Lata Mangeshkar and Prithviraj Kapoor for their contribution to respective fields.
“Whenever the honourable President nominates your name, it’s an honour. The nomination is for a person’s contribution to a field and it is a reflection of that,” said Tendulkar.