Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Saturday said that actress Rekha and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar "deserved" to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
"In each session of Parliament, President nominates few set of people for Rajya Sabha from the fields of art, film etc. It is an honorary position. Whoever nominated for this (Rajya Sabha) are deserving people (sic)," Big B told reporters at an event held for promotion of his soon-to-be-released film, Department.
"I remember even (actress) Nargisji was nominated for Rajya Sabha," he said.
However, the nomination of the maestro to the Upper House seems to have not gone down well with actor Sanjay Dutt.
"It is an honour to be in Rajya Sabha. I am a die-hard fan of Sachin...he is a pride...jewel of India. But I am not happy that he is a Rajya Sabha member....he should have been the way he is," Dutt said.
When asked if being a parliamentarian will be too demanding for Rekha and Sachin, Bachchan said, "It is their personal decision...leave it to them".
Meanwhile, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, who was also present on the occasion, evaded direct reply on the issue, saying, "I have no idea about cricket and politics".