If the state government gets its lobbying right, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will be conferred with the country’s highest civilian award — the Bharat Ratna.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who was in Nanded on Friday, said he will recommend Tendulkar’s name for the Bharat Ratna to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Chavan’s announcement comes two days after the Mumbai master blaster created a world record by scoring an unbeaten 200 runs in one-day international against South Africa.
Tendulkar has already been conferred with the Padma Vibhushan (2008) and Padamshri (1999).
A government official, requesting anonymity, said the Rashtrapati Bhavan would have “no problem in accepting Chavan’s proposal as President (Pratibha) Patil is also a Sachin fan… so is the entire country.”
Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, meanwhile, announced that the state government would build a museum dedicated to Tendulkar.
At the municipal corporation meeting on Friday, Congress corporator Sameer Desai demanded that the Mulund octroi post be named after Tendulkar, while Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ashish Shelar wanted an art gallery exhibiting the cricketer’s memorabilia to be set up in the city.
The corporation is also planning a felicitation for Tendulkar.