As Bharat Ratna and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar rose to speak in the House, Congress members disrupted the proceedings, demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clarify on his remarks against former prime minister Manmohan Singh during the Gujarat poll campaign.
The former batsmen and India’s captain had moved a Short Discussion Motion on the future of sports in the country and right to play. His maiden speech in the House was, however, marred with the Congress stalling the session for the fifth consecutive day.
Amid the Opposition sloganeering, Tendulkar remained standing for close to 10 minutes. As his appeals for order went unheard, Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu reportedly said: “We’re discussing about sports and you don’t have the sporting spirit.”
Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan, speaking to reporters outside the Parliament, said it was a matter of shame that Tendulkar was not allowed to speak.
“He (Sachin) has earned name for India at the world stage, it is a matter of shame that he was not allowed to speak even when everyone knew it was on today’s agenda. Are only politicians allowed to speak?” Jaya Bachchan said.
Tendulkar last appeared in the Parliament in August this year, two days after Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal had raised the issue of absenteeism among the nominated lawmakers in the Rajya Sabha and criticised the former cricketer and Bollywood actor Rekha.