New Delhi, Apr 26: President Pratibha Patil has approved the nomination of Sachin Tendulkar to the Upper House of Rajya Sabha. The batting maestro was recommended for nomination as a member of Parliament earlier on Thursday.
The 39-year-old Tendulkar, who has brought many a laurels to the country through his exploits in the game, will become a Member of Parliament under a provision of the constitution that allows the President to nominate 12 members to the Upper House.
A formal announcement in this regard will be made later by the Rajya Sabha chairman.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sent a communication to the Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday which has been sent to President Pratibha Patil for notification, sources said.
Article 80 of the Constitution provides for nomination of persons having special knowledge or practical experience in matters such as literature, science, art and social service.
Tendulkar's nomination to Rajya Sabha has come as a surprise against the backdrop of a long-standing demand for conferring of Bharat Ratna on him for his contribution to the game. He completed the historic achievement of scoring 100 international centuries in March this year.
The master blaster is the first sports personality to be nominated to the Upper House. A nominated member can also associate himself with a political party in the House provided he gives a declaration within six months.
BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Prof Ratnakar Shetty said that the Board was happy with the government's move. "We (BCCI) are happy that Tendulkar's services as a sportsperson has been recognised. He's been a true ambassador for the country and he deserves it," he said.
Earlier in the day, Tendulkar, accompanied by his wife Anjali, met Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence.