Sachin Tendulkar is nominated to Rajya Sabha along with actress Rekha and industrialist Anu Aga. The nomination of the three eminent personalities is approved by President Pratibha Patil under Article 80 of the Constitution.
The names were sent by the Prime Minister to the Home Ministry yesterday for approval by the President.
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. President of India can nominate 12 members to the 250-member Upper House.
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Tendulkar would be the first active sportsman and a cricketer to be nominated to Rajya Sabha.
Under the anti-defection law, a nominated member has the option to give a declaration within six months if he wants to associate himself with a political party in the House.