New Delhi: The Maharashtra government has recommended cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's name for the country's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan made the announcement in the Assembly on Wednesday.
"We felicitated both players from the state after the World Cup. From that time plans were on to recommend the name of the son of the soil, the son of Maharashtra for the Bharat Ratna for his outstanding achievements in cricket and for being a role model to the younger generation of this country," Chavan said.
Sachin's name for Bharat Ratna started doing the rounds just before the world cup 2011 but it was felt that it would be too early to give it to him. Tendulkar completed 100 centuries on March 16, 2011.
The Maharashtra government has also recommended former Chief Minister Yashwantrao Chavan for the award.