Opposition ruckus drowns out Sachin’s debut speech in Parliament
New Delhi: Cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday could not make his maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha amid uproar by Congress members over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh and over the 2G spectrum case.
Soon after the House met at 2 pm, Tendulkar rose to speak on the right to play and future of sports in India as part of a short duration discussion.
As he was about to speak, everyone started shouting and he had no option but to witness everything and keep quiet.
Naidu urged the Congress members to allow Tendulkar to speak as he was to give his maiden speech in the Upper House.
“An honorable member, who has been awarded Bharat Ratna, wants to speak on an important issue like sports. Let him speak. All focus should be on Sachinji,” Naidu said.
Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal had questioned the absence of celebrity members of the House and advocated them being disqualified from Rajya Sabha membership during the last session.
“Sachin Tendulkar and Rekha should resign if they are not interested in Parliament,” Agarwal said.