Sachin Tendulkar to stay away from Rajya Sabha in first half of session

Rajya Sabha has granted him leave from February 21 to March 7 due to the ongoing test series.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 15, 2013 2:43:17 pm

Cricket icon and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar may not be able to attend the first half of the Budget session of Parliament due to his involvement in the ongoing India-Australia cricket series.

Rajya Sabha on Friday granted him leave from February 21 to March 7.

Tendulkar has not attended the House for a single day in the ongoing Budget session. Only one week is left for the first half to conclude on March 22.

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien informed the members that Tendulkar had sought leave from February 21 to March 7 citing his involvement with the test series.

India-Australia test series began on February 22 and will conclude on March 26.

Ever since their nomination to the Rajya Sabha,both Tendulkar and Bollywood star Rekha have not attended the House regularly.

As the Chair sought the permission of the House to grant Tendulkar leave,Naresh Agrawal (SP) said,“Both of them hardly come to the House. Why not give both of them permanent leave,” evoking peals of laughter.

Former External Affairs Minister S M Krishna,also sought leave to remain absent from the House from March 5 to March 22,which was granted.

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