With attendance figures that would put the average college truant to shame, Sachin Tendulkar ended his Rajya Sabha run.
However, in a magnanimous move, he donated the entire salary he earned towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
Sachin attended only 7.3% sessions since he was made a Rajya Sabha member in 2012, which means that out of nearly 400 Parliament sessions, he attended only 29 of them, asked 22 questions, and did not introduce any bills.
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Politics might not have been up the Little Master’s alley, but he sure did carry out good development work, using the MP Local Area Development Fund. His office released data, which claims that he sanctioned 185 projects across the country amounting to Rs 7.4 crore out of the Rs 30 crore allocated to him. The funds went towards education, like building and renovating classrooms.
Sachin adopted two villages under the Sansad Gram Adarsh Gram Yojana Scheme, including Puttam Raju Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh and Donja in Maharashtra.
Sachin’s parliamentary attendance was quickly picked up by the internet, with several memes emerging on the rare occasion that he attended Parliament. It was indeed odd to see the Little Master, so accustomed to knocking opposition bowlers out of the park, sit in the Parliament, looking oddly uncomfortable.
It truly brings to light our country’s peculiar practice of populating the country’s power corridors with the popular.
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Sachin Tendulkar will forever be remembered as the God who has given everything and more to the nation when it comes to cricket. As a politician, however, while he may have looked like slightly out of place, the generous Rs 90 lakh boost to the Relief Fund, will hopefully bring help to those who need it.