Sachin Tendulkar under attack in RS for prolonged absence, granted leave

Sachin has sent a leave application expressing inability to attend the RS on account of previous commitments.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: August 12, 2014 10:12 am
Sachin Tendulkar in Glasgow Celtic colours? (Source: PTI) Sachin Tendulkar in Glasgow Celtic colours? (Source: PTI)

Sachin Tendulkar was again under attack in Rajya Sabha on Monday for his prolonged absence even as the cricket icon sought to control damage by applying for leave for the entire Budget session, which was granted amid strong opposition from members.

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Members cutting across party lines termed his long absence as “disrespect to House and nation” and there were demands for seeking an explanation from him particularly when he was here in Delhi to attend a programme near Parliament last week but did not come to Rajya Sabha.

The issue cropped up during Zero Hour as soon as Deputy Chairman P J Kurien sought permission of the House for grant of leave to Sachin, who has attended the House only three times since his nomination over two years back.

Kurien said Sachin has sent a leave application expressing inability to attend the 232nd session (current session) of Rajya Sabha on account of “professional and personal commitments and family exigencies.”

Naresh Agarwal (SP) immediately objected to grant of leave to him saying, “Sachin Tendulakar had come to Delhi to attend a function at Vigyan Bhawan near Parliament but did not come to the House. Members’ views are unanimous that he has no respect for the House.”

Sachin was at a programme in Vigyan Bhawan, nearly 3 km from Parliament, on August 8 where he said he could not attend the House because his elder brother had to undergo a heart surgery.

Responding to Agarwal’s contention, Kurien observed, “So many members remain absent for various reasons and it is for the Chair to investigate why they didn’t come. You cannot object.”

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First Published on: August 11, 2014 2:35 pm
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    i-Focus
    Aug 11, 2014 at 1:31 pm
    This is time, Houses should take a stand not to choose irresponsible celebrities to RS. What is the value he'd added in law making? Which issues did he bring up in the house? Does he have any opinion about any national issue? Bharat Ratna is supposed to be given to the great citizens who behave with great patriotic responsibility.
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      Gundurao Nagesh
      Aug 11, 2014 at 10:55 am
      Sachin could have applied for leave earlier instead of waiting if what he claims is the reason for his absence.
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        kapil chourasia
        Aug 11, 2014 at 9:57 am
        Is Sachin Tandualkar a permanently media-gaged man?Zero at work but high on privilege..
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          Nitin Singh
          Aug 11, 2014 at 9:52 am
          Someone should remind Mr. Naresh Agarwal that what happened to Ms Maria Sharapova when she told media that she don't know Sir Sachin
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            bangalorean
            Aug 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm
            if he has any self respect he should resign.
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              shipra
              Aug 12, 2014 at 9:34 am
              He must have thought MP is role is like an award. take it and forget it.
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                prabha
                Aug 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm
                Sachin is responsible. It takes some time for all adjustments. Few more balls to settle down in the middle. Be patient guys. He is amazing citizen. Hope he will be a great politician too. Lets be positive.
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