'God' of cricket fails to open innings in Parliament

'God' of cricket fails to open innings in Parliament

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar could not open his innings in Parliament on Thursday as the Rajya Sabha  was adjourned soon after lunch break due to raucous Congress protests.

The champion cricketer and Bharat Ratna recipient was to speak in a short duration discussion on the right to play and the future of sports in India. It was to be the maiden speech of Tendulkar, who was nominated to the Upper House in April 2012.

With Congress members keeping up their vociferous protests against the government, he could barely speak.

When the House assembled at 2 pm after lunch break, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu took up the short duration discussion that was to be initiated by Tendulkar.

But Samajwadi Party member Naresh Agarwal raised a point of order in a reference to the CAG report, triggering resumption of sloganeering by the Congress members.

Naidu admonished the members, saying Tendulkar had done a lot for the country and was a 'Bharat Ratna' awardee. He said Tendulkar was a legendary persona and an inspiration for the youth even as he urged the Congress members to allow the discussion

As the Opposition members continued with their noisy protests, Naidu again chided them in his characteristic style, asking them not to shout as "all they would achieve was a hoarse throat and bad name."

With the Opposition side showing no signs of relenting, Naidu asked Tendulkar to speak amidst the din. But the cricketer could only stand and watch as the determined Opposition continued raising slogans.

'God' fails again

Naidu said he did not want such scenes to be seen by the people on their television and adjourned the proceedings for the day.

The "God" of cricket has repeatedly faced criticism for his poor Parliamentary record. According to the Rajya Sabha website, he posed 22 unstarred questions to the government – all of them since December 2015. The unstarred questions fetch only written replies from the government.

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