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