Noisy protests by Cong prevent Tendulkar from speaking in RS

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 21 (PTI) Hes opened many an innings on the trickiest of pitches yet master blaster Sachin Tendulkar realised that politics is a different ball game when opposition protests in Rajya Sabha today washed away his “maiden” attempt to initiate a discussion on sports.As the Upper House met at 2 PM after a previous adjournment, a combative Congress members buoyed by the 2G case verdict began demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over remarks against predecessor Manmohan Singh.Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu was keen that a short duration discussion on the right to play and future of sports in India, to be initiated by Tendulkar, be taken up.Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agrawal, however, raised a point of order, in the context of the 2G verdict. After Agrawal had spoken Naidu again asked the cricketer to proceed with his “maiden” speech.Tendulkar readied to elaborate on a subject he is most qualified to speak on but belligerent Congress members were in no mood to play ball.Several of them were on their feet seeking an apology from Modi. In the din of their slogans, the proceedings were almost drowned.Seeking to restore order, Naidu repeatedly chided the protesters. He sought to remind the Congress leaders that Tendulkar was a Bharat Ratna, an inspiration for the youth, and someone who had done so much for the country, but the opposition party stuck to its stance.In his characteristic style, Naidu told the shouting members that all they would achieve by shouting will be “sore throats” and “wastage of time” and again advised them to listen to the little master.advertisementActor Jaya Bacchhan also appeared to be supporting Tendulkars bid to speak. But the protests continued.A livid Naidu said that the comments made by the protesters would not go on record and asked Tendulkar to proceed.The cricketer, however, could only stand and watch.”I dont want these sorts of scenes to be telecast around the country. A person who is a Bharat Ratna and who is speaking for the first time in the House is being obstructed like this. I dont want this message to go to the country,” an exasperated Naidu said as he adjourned the House for the day. PTI ADS ADSlast_img read more