Sachin Tendulkar sparks rumours of joining politics as he meets NCP chief Sharad Pawar
Sachin and Pawar had a 30-minute meeting and speculation has been rife since then.
Updated - Mar 30, 2019 3:20 pm
Sachin Tendulkar one of the all-time greatest cricketers, is one of the most revered sportspersons in India. After a 24-year long career at the highest level, Tendulkar retired from international cricket in 2013 with most of the batting records to his name and since has been associated with quite a few pursuits.
O ne thing that Sachin has never been associated with is politics. Though Sachin Tendulkar has been seen with many political figures, his inclination towards joining the world of politics was never evident. However, with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls just around the corner – former India opener Gautam Gambhir joined the ruling BJP; since then speculations are ripe that other cricketers may also join politics.
Sachin Tendulkar sparks rumors of joining politics
Things become heated when Tendulkar arrived to meet Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar at his ‘Silver Oak’ residence, on Saturday. The stalwarts of their own fields met for about 30 minutes. The first sportsman to receive the Bharat Ratna evaded media after his meeting with Pawar. No comment has been by the NCP either on the Tendulkar-Pawar meeting so far.
This meeting has fanned the idea of Tendulkar joining the NCP party. He has already been a member of Rajya Sabha and has been at the forefront of developing India as an athletic and fit nation. In his six years as Rajya Sabha MP, he attended just 29 of the nearly 400 Parliament sessions and asked just 22 questions.
Pawar, on the other hand, is a former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and was even a Minister of the central government. He had supported Tendulkar’s call for the need to play Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2019. This issue was raised when a Pakistan based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed the responsibility of Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.
Pawar had said, “Both believe that India can beat Pakistan and emerge victorious in the World Cup. But Tendulkar is being criticized, saying he is favoring Pakistan. He began his illustrious career as a 15-year-old by defeating Pakistan.”
The cricketer’s fans do not necessarily want him to join politics.