New Delhi: Cricketer and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar may not be able to attend the first half of the Budget session of Parliament due to his engagements in the on-going India Australia cricket series. The Rajya Sabha on Friday granted him leave from February 21 to March 7. Tendulkar has not attended the House for a single day in the ongoing Budget session and only one week is left for the first half to conclude on March 22.
Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien informed the members that Tendulkar had sought leave from February 21 to March 7 citing his engagement in the India-Australia test cricket series. India-Australia Cricket series began on February 22 and will conclude on March 26.
Both Tendulkar and Bollywood star Rekha have, since their nomination to the Rajya Sabha, have not attended the House quite regularly.
As the Chair sought the permission of the House to grant Tendulkar leave, Naresh Agrawal (SP) said in a lighter vein "both of them hardly come to the House. Why not give both of them permanent leave" evoking peals of laughter. Former External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, also sought leave to remain absent from the House from March 5 to March 22, which was granted.