What he said:
"In my view, Sachin Tendulkar should not play in IPL if his name is being considered for Bharat Ratna."
Madhya Pradesh (MP) Chief Minister (CM), Shivraj Singh Chouhan, believes that Sachin Tendulkar should “deservedly” receive the Bharat Ratna if the rules are changed to accommodate sportspersons.
This remark was made following demands from the hockey fraternity that if a sportsman is to receive the award, first-in-line should be Olympian legend, Major Dhyanchand.
The MP CM added:
“When players like Sachin Tendulkar are sold and bought, it really hurts. A player plays for the country and not for companies.”
What he really meant:
“The Bharat Ratna is the foremost honour the country can bestow upon its citizens. It should not be trivialised. It cannot be auctioned nor is it for sale.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“More free publicity for my party and me. Thank you, Sachin. Thank you, Dhyanchand.”