Tendulkar breaks silence, says brother`s bypass surgery led to his absence from Parliament
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Reacting to the controversy over his low attendance in Parliament, Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said that the bypass surgery on his brother Ajit led to his absence from the Rajya Sabha.
Speaking on the sidelines of a function, the batting maestro said that he doesn`t disrespect any institution and it was the medical emergency which kept him away from the Parliament.
"My absence in Delhi has been discussed rather too much. I don't mean to disrespect any institution. There was a medical emergency in my family, certain things I want to keep it private. But just to let you know, my elder brother Ajit had to undergo a bypass surgery and I had to be by his side," the 41-year-old said.
Earlier in the day, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari gave a clean chit to Tendulkar and former Bollywood actress Rekha over their regular absence from the Parliament.
Ansari said there was no violation of constitutional provision, as they have not been absent for more than 60 days from house.
Tendulkar, despite his God-like status in India, thanks to his cricketing exploits, is yet to mark his attendance in Parliament this year.
Following his nomination to the Rajya Sabha in 2012, he only made three appearances last year.
Besides him, the attendance of Rekha also came to light. The 59-year-old actress has so far attended the parliamentary sitting only seven times.
Tendulkar, Rekha and industrialist Anu Aga were nominated to the 250-member Rajya Sabha in 2012. Their nomination was approved by by the then President Pratibha Patil under Article 80 of the Indian Constitution.
As a notable tradition, famous personalities from varied backgrounds are nominated into the Indian parliament for their contributions to the society. But their attendance often becomes a national issue as many don`t consider it important enough to make their presence in the floor of Parliament.