Maharashtra govt to seek Bharat Ratna for Sachin
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Last Updated: Friday, February 26, 2010, 22:26
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government will convey to the Centre that master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who scored a landmark double ton against South Africa, be honoured with the country's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna.

"We will ask the central government to award Bharat Ratna to Sachin, who has mesmerised cricket lovers the world over," Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said.

"Even cricketers around the globe are saying Sachin has attained a stature higher than that of legendary Sir Don Bradman," Bhujbal told reporters.

The state government has proposed to set up a museum devoted to Sachin, he said. "The museum will showcase the glorious life and career of the great batsman and will serve as an inspiration to the young generation," Bhujbal said.

Sachin became the first cricketer to cross the 200- figure mark in one-day internationals.

MCGM to felicitate Sachin

Tendulkar will be felicitated by the local civic body for becoming the first player in the cricket history to score a double century in one day internationals (ODIs).

Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) took the decision to honour the 37-year-old legend, who was born in the city, following a demand from corporators.

"We will try and ensure a public felicitation for Sachin Tendulkar before the IPL season 3 kicks off (on March 12) for his achievement," Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said today.

Interestingly, the civic body, in the past, had announced that it would felicitate Tendulkar on three occasions - for completing 20 years in international cricket, for breaking Sunil Gavaskar's record of runs in Tests and then for completing 12,000 runs in ODIs but never initiated the process.

The latest felicitation proposal was put forward by the Leader of the Opposition in the House Rajhans Singh.

"Sachin has made all of us proud by playing a magnificent innings of 200 runs. He is breaking record after record but unfortunately we are unable to felicitate him. When are we going to felicitate the cricket icon if not now?" asked Singh.


First Published: Friday, February 26, 2010, 22:26

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