Sachin Tendulkar has faced criticism in the past for not turning up for Rajya Sabha meetings © Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar has faced criticism in the past for not turning up for Rajya Sabha meetings © Getty Images

New Delhi: Cricket icon and Rajya Sabha member Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday made a rare appearance in Parliament on the first day of the new session of the Upper House. Bharat Ratna award winner Tendulkar immediately attracted attention of fellow members when he entered the House at around 12pm. Some MPs, including DMK’s T Siva and a few young members, came to greet him and shake hands. Sachin Tendulkar’s poor attendance in Rajya Sabha criticised by Rajiv Shukla

Tendulkar, who was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in April 2012, rarely comes to Parliament for which he has been often criticised. He had attended the House during the last session for three days out of 19 sittings. In the last Winter session too, he had attended the House only for three days out of 22 sittings. Sachin Tendulkar granted leave from Rajya Sabha

In Monsoon session last year, members cutting across party line had termed his long absence as “disrespect to House and nation” and there were demands for seeking an explanation from him particularly when he was here in Delhi to attend a programme near Parliament last week but did not come to Rajya Sabha.