Tongues had been wagging since morning when Sachin Tendulkar and his wife, Anjali called upon the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in the company of the BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla.
And then came the news the union home ministry had recommended that Sachin Tendulkar be nominated to the Rajya Sabha, along with yesteryears' filmstar Rekha and industrialist Anu Aga.
It is not clear yet whether Sachin Tendulkar has accepted the nomination in the absence of any statement from the cricketer — there is nary a tweet from him —but the fact that the president has approved the nominations seems to indicate that the move has his assent, the first time we are likely to see an active player in the Rajya Sabha as a nominated —or elected — member.
Is this a desperate gambit from the beleaguered Congress? Is this just an ephemeral distraction? Should an active sportsperson be nominated? Does he deserve it? Should he accept it? Were there no other deserving candidates? Would the acceptance indicate an imminent retirement? Out of 50 sports associations, some 49 are run by politicians as the head-honchos, and will the presence of an active sportsperson help the cause of sports in the country? Would he make a good Rajya Sabha MP? Is this just a precursor to his joining active politics?
Incidentally, Lata Mangeshkar, who did not have anything as close to a professional life, but is no less a great in her field — and is a Bharat Ratna, noless — did not attend the Rajya Sabha even once during her tenure as a nominated member. The record of another great, Dilip Kumar, was no better.
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Just read one joke on facebook:
Actors are playing cricket -> Salman Khan playing CCL.
Cricketer playing politician -> Sachin in Rajya Sabha.
Politician playing porn star -> Singhvi and CD.
Porn stars are playing actor -> Sunny Leone playing in Jism-2.
That my friend is a full circle.
TO ALL THOSE CONGRESS SUPPORTERS, who think nominating Sachin Tendulkar to RS will make them win LS Polls of 2014, here is a crude reality check:
Some years back, TVS Motors, a south india based 2 wheeler company was floundering in sales of its primary motorcycle brand, Victor. And they hit upon idea of making brand ambassador out of ST and making adverts showing ST riding the motorcycle. And the idea was implemented. And months went. The sales never went up and only went down.
And it was then the company realised the hard truth - Good Batsmen does not transalate into good sales. The company then went the hard path - doing R&D and bringing better product lines.
And the ultimate joke in whole episode is, ST, who was in the advert for the motorcycle (TVS Victor) never personally rode any two wheeler !
So to all those secular,socialist, Sonia Gandhi worshipping Congress fans, here is the message - your goverance record is what matters for winning 2014 elections. And as of today, you are toast - even if you get entire bollywood and entire Indian cricket team to canvass for you. So wake up to the reality
" Appeal to everyone who LOVES and BELIEVES in Sachin-- please sign online petition supporting Sachin for next President."
Sorry, we don'r want psychophants like you -- or for that matter, Sachin himself. The country is choking with them.
Poor Sachin, no other options to save his earnings. After all the kangis desperate to promote Raul Baba, by now every one knows what BABA is capable of and he needs so many healthy shoulders... HA HA HA ..........
There is a funny sense of deja vu after reading this. There was a similar response when Soniya Gandhi had abdicated PM post in favor of Man Mohan Singh. Some of the political parties were clamoring for awarding Bharat Ratna to Sachin so that in future he could be lured to join them. Now UPA has checkmated them by getting elected to RS they are crying foul. Don't be a sore loser.