Where politics has erupted over the announcement of the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, SP leader Shivpal Singh Yadav also joined in the debate on Sunday saying that it was totally justified to confer the award on Sachin but Yadav did not forget to add that several others also deserve the award and the central government should declare it for them too. 
 
Earlier, DMK chief M Karunanidhi lauded his "unmatched records" and said it was "quite natural" for the Centre to confer the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, on him.

Observing that he was moved by the batting icon's "touching and tearful farewell speech," the DMK chief said, "You [Sachin] have walked into history and history is bejewelled by your presence. It is quite natural that the Government of India has announced the Bharat Ratna for you in recognition of your unmatched records."