"Sachin's statement has been made in true sportsman spirit. Though he is a Maharashtrian, he plays for the country. This (Tendulkar's remark) will unite the entire country," Chavan said on Monday, Nov 16, adding "the master blaster has spoken from the bottom of his heart."
"I fully agree with him (Sachin). People will not support Shiv Sena's political game," he said.
Congratulating Sachin for completing 20 years in International cricket, the CM said, "Sachin has done India proud."
In the party mouthpiece Saamna, Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray criticised Sachin Tendulkar for saying that he was an Indian first and then a Maharashtrian and asked him to stay away from political issues.