Sachin Tendulkar in Rajya Sabha: PM says cricket's loss could be parliament's gain

Sachin Tendulkar attended the first day of the monsoon session of the parliament © AFP

Aug 6, 2013

Sachin Tendulkar resumed his role as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Rajya Sabha as he attended the first day of the monsoon session on Monday. The star batsman was in the spotlight as the parliament started its proceedings. In fact, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said that cricket’s loss is the parliament’s gain.

Hindustan Times reported that when Tendulkar met the Prime Minister, Rajiv Shukla, the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs said that the legendary batsman had quit One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and is only representing India in Test cricket — which would allow him to attend parliament more often. Dr Singh reacted by saying, “”the loss of cricket would be a gain for the parliament.” 

In 2012, Tendulkar was nominated to the Rajya Sabha. Rekha and Anu Aga were the others who were nominated with Tendulkar.