Latest June 4, 2012
Indian batsman Tendulkar takes oath as parlimentarian
NEW DELHI: Prolific test batsman Sachin Tendulkar has become India’s first cricketer to enter Parliament while still playing for his country.
Tendulkar’s nomination was confirmed in April and he was sworn in Monday by Hamid Ansari, who is chairman of the upper house and vice president of India.
The Upper House, or Rajya Sabha, has 250 members with six-year tenures, most of whom are elected. Tendulkar, 39, is among 12 nominated members chosen for their expertise in specific fields.
Notable personalities from literature, art and social services have been nominated before, but Tendulkar is the first sportsman to enter the upper house via a nominated seat. -- AP