Cong, Shiv Sena on same page over `Bharat Ratna` to Sachin

Last Updated: Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 18:00

Mumbai: A day after Maharashtra Chief
Minister Ashok Chavan said his government would recommend
Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar, Shiv Sena on Saturday batted for
the country`s highest civilian honour for the cricket icon.

"Sachin definitely deserves `Bharat Ratna`. He is
breaking record after record," Shiv Sena Executive President
Uddhav Thackeray told reporters on the sidelines of a
function.
Tendulkar became the first cricketer to score a
double-century in one-day internationals on Wednesday. He made
the a double-ton against South Africa in Gwalior.

Not long ago, the champion batsman faced acerbic
criticism from Uddhav`s father and Sena Chief Bal Thackeray
for his "Mumbai for all" remark.

On November 16 last year, Thackeray senior had slammed
Tendulkar, saying he had no need to take a "cheeky single" and
hurt the Marathi psyche.
"By making these remarks, you have got run-out on the
pitch of Marathi psyche. You were not even born when the
`Marathi Manoos` got Mumbai and 105 Marathi people sacrificed
their lives to get Mumbai," Thackeray wrote in an editorial in
Sena mouthpiece `Saamana`.

"Mumbai belongs to India. That is how I look at it. I am
a Maharashtrian and I am extremely proud of that but I am an
Indian first," the cricket icon had said drawing Thackeray`s
anger.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 18:00

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