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Sachin Tendulkar at Rajya Sabha: Uproar stalls legend’s speech, house adjourned

Sachin Tendulkar, nominated in Rajya Sabha in April 2012, was to lead a debate on “Right to Play and the future of sports in India” today, but uproar over PM Narendra Modi’s remarks on his predecessor Dr. Manmohan Singh forced an adjournment of the house till Friday

cricket Updated: Dec 21, 2017 16:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Sachin Tendulkar during his visit to Donja village in Osmanabad, Maharashtra on December 19. The cricket legend and Rajya Sabha MP adopted Donja under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. Tendulkar was to debate on “Right to Play and the future of sports in India” in the Upper House on Thursday, but the same was stalled after another adjournment of the house.(HT Photo)

Sachin Tendulkar’s debut speech at the Rajya Sabha on Thursday didn’t go as planned as uproar over PM Narendra Modi’s recent remarks on his predecessor Dr. Manmohan Singh forced an adjournment of the house till Friday. Sachin hadn’t manage to initiate discussion on “Right to Play and the future of sports in India” when the day’s proceedings were called off. Nominated to the Rajya Sabha in April 2012, this was to be the first time Sachin would speak at the house.

02:18 PM IST: Well, Sachin will have to wait till tomorrow. Uproar over PM Narendra Modi’s recent remarks on his predecessor Dr. Manmohan Singh means the house has been adjourned till 11 am on Friday.

02:14 PM IST: The house has been adjourned again.

02:13 PM IST: Tendulkar, who retired from cricket in 2013, has found Bharatiya Janata Party’s Ranvijay Singh Judev and the Congress’s PL Punia to support his cause, and they too have associated themselves with his notice.

02:09 PM IST: Naidu has asked the house to quieten down to allow Sachin to initiate the discussion. The former India opener looks on bemused.

2.05 PM IST: Venkaiah Naidu, vice-president of India and speaker of the Rajya Sabha, is addressing the house.

1:52 PM IST: The Rajya Sabha is adjourned till 2 PM.

Sachin Tendulkar plays cricket at Donja village in Osmanabad on Tuesday (December 19). (HT Photo)

On December 19, he visited Donja village in Osmanabad, Maharashtra which he has adopted under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).

Tendulkar has committed Rs 4 crore from his MP LAD funds for the infrastructure development of the village. Donja is the second village adopted by Sachin Tendulkar after Puttumraju Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh.

“My visit to Donja has been a heart-warming one filled with promise and hope,” he said of the half-day spent there on Tuesday. Donja is 330 kilometres from Mumbai.

“Many miles we’ve gone towards building a better life for the villagers and many more to go but this is a great step in the right direction,” he added.

Sachin Tendulkar at Donja which has already been recognized as an ODF (open defecation free) village shortly after the cricketer’s adoption in November 2016. (HT Photo)

This will be the first time Tendulkar will be initiating a full-fledged debate in Parliament. Tendulkar’s notice suggests that the former cricketer wants a constitutional right that guarantees inclusion of sports in education curriculum and the availability of sports infrastructure for all children.

Incidentally, two months ago Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon children to take up sports and other physical activities as he expressed concern over the rising number of obesity cases among Indian children.

First Published: Dec 21, 2017 13:52 IST