Tendulkar deserves Bharat Ratna: Deshmukh

Vilasrao Deshmukh said he will speak to the sports minister, home minister and prime minister to give Sachin Tendulkar the Bharat Ratna Getty Images

Mumbai: Jul 22, 2011

Newly-elected President of the Mumbai Cricket Association, Union Minister for Science and Technology Vilasrao Deshmukh, today said that Sachin Tendulkar deserved to get Bharat Ratna and no one would object if the champion cricketer got the country’s highest civilian award.

“Sachin deserves Bharat Ratna. Being the president of Mumbai Cricket Association, I would talk to the Sports Minister, Home Minister and Prime Minister and request them to change the norms for the award to include sportspersons too in its category of recipients,” Deshmukh said.

Deshmukh chaired the first managing committee meeting of the MCA after his election to the President’s post at the biennial polls of the association held on July 15.

The former Maharashtra CM had vanquished former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar comfortably in a straight contest to succeed another politician, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, as the MCA President.