Sachin Tendulkar's Rajya Sabha oath ceremony marred by controversy

Sachin Tendulkar outsite the Parliament ahead of his oath-taking ceremony AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Jun 5, 2012

Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said he had no knowledge of an expelled Member of the Parliament, Pradeep Gandhi from Chhattisgarh’s Rajanandgaon, who was standing close to him during the photo-op in the Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari’s chamber on Monday.

Tendulkar, who was appointed as a member of Rajya Sabha in April by the government, took oath on Monday in a private ceremony.

According to NDTV, Gandhi is among the 10 MPs who were expelled from Parliament and Bhartiya Janata Party after the cash-for-query controversy in 2005.

The BJP, however, re-inducted Gandhi in 2008.

As per protocol, a prior appointment is required for a member to be present in the chamber, due to which questions have been raised on his presence during the photo-op.

The sources in Parliament informed that Gandhi s presence was not noticed, adding that he wasn t invited as well.

Tendulkar became the fourth international cricketer now in the Indian parliament.

But unlike him, the other three are in the Lok Sabha: Mohammad Azharuddin (Moradabad), Navjot Singh Sidhu (Amritsar) and Kirti Azad (Darbhanga).

Tendulkar is the first cricketer to enter parliament while still playing the game.

Tendulkar and Azharuddin are both former India captains. While Azharuddin is in the Congress, Sidhu and Azad are from the BJP.