The News Indian Express reported that Sachin sent a message to his friend saying, "Even after I retire from cricket, I have no intention of joining politics or being part of any political rally or campaign because my father wanted me to stay away from politics."
Another person, close to the cricketer, was also quoted as saying, "It's not just his numerous records, but also his spotless reputation and behaviour in public life that are so well-liked. After enjoying such a reputation, why would Tendulkar give it all away by joining politics, where there is a controversy at every turn?"
I have no intention of joining politics or being part of any political rally
Earlier BCCI vice-president and Congress MP Rajiv Shukla had termed all such reports as "baseless". He told an agency, "Sachin Tendulkar is busy playing cricket at the moment. He is playing in the Ranji Trophy and will later play for India against the West Indies. So the reports of him campaigning for Congress candidates are completely baseless."
"Such stories are misleading and Sachin campaigning for us is untrue. He has to play matches how can he take time out for election campaigning," he said. "We cant predict the future. Sachin is the finest cricketer in the country and after retirement he will pursue whatever he likes. We cant influence him", he added.
Earlier it was reported that Sachin may campaign campaign for the Congress in the upcoming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh. The state, where Rahul Gandhi is trying to bring a government-led by young leader, is going to hold its assembly election on Nov 25. The results will be declared on Dec 8.