Dhyan Chand most deserving for Bharat Ratna: Joshi

Updated: Jul 25, 2011, 08:20 AM IST

Varanasi: Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi welcomed the government`s proposal to include sports in the criteria for award of Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour.

Joshi said he supports batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar`s name for the honour, but hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand was the most deserving sportsperson and should get it first.

Home Minister P Chidambaram has backed the demand to include sports in the criteria for award of Bharat Ratna. The home ministry has conveyed its recommendation to the Prime Minister`s Office.

PTI