Sachin on Tuesday, Jun 4 took oath as a Rajya Sabha member and thus kicked off his journey in politics of the country. However, the cricketer can not become a minister in his course of six years as a Member of Parliament (MP).
According to the Constitution of India, a person who has been nominated as an MP by the President of India will be barred from participating in the act of electing the President.
If the person wants to become a minister then he/she has to resign from his/her post and must be elected as an MP by other members of Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha.
However, Sachin will receive all facilities and powers which other MPs enjoy in the country but he can not participate in the Presidential Election.
The master-blaster can cast his vote while electing the Vice-President of India. The newly inducted MP took oath in the chamber of Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari.
He was accompanied by his wife Anjali and Rajya Sabha MP and IPL chief Rajiv Shukla. The occasion marked the first instance a playing cricketer has taken oath as Rajya Sabha MP.
Sachin was nominated to the Upper House along with film actress Rekha and industrialist Anu Aga in Apr 2012. Rekha had already taken oath, but there was a delay in Sachin doing the same since he was playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) season 5.