On Thursday, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut urged Sachin Tendulkar to boycott all the government programmes. After the cremation of Ramakant Acharekar, the celebrated cricket coach, Shiv Sena attacked Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government for not giving a state funeral to the great coach.
He tweeted on social media that “Why wasn’t Padmashree and Dronacharya Awardee Ramakant Acharekar given state funeral and respect by the Maharashtra government? The Government has shown complete disregard towards Ramakant Acharekar. Sachin Tendulkar should boycott government programs henceforth.”
On Wednesday, Mr. Acharekar died in Mumbai at the age of 87. He was the great coach who trained great cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli and India will be always grateful to him for blessing the Indian cricket team with such wonderful players.
On Thursday, a senior Maharashtra minister stated that due to a “communication gap” Mr. Acharekar was not given a state funeral.
Prakash Mehta, Maharashtra Housing Minister who represented the state government at the funeral of Mr. Acharekar, said that it was “sad and unfortunate” not giving him a state funeral.
In an editorial of party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, Sena criticized this act of government as “troubling” and “harrowing” as he said that “The government forgot to fulfill its responsibility and accord a state funeral to the great Acharya and blamed it on a communication gap. It is as much troubling as it is harrowing.” He also added that the government has shown their inefficiency by this act.
Remembering that moment Sachin Tendulkar has expressed his feelings saying that “Today, #GuruPurnima, is the day we remember those who have taught us to be better versions of ourselves. Achrekar Sir, I couldn’t have done all this without you. Don’t forget to thank your gurus and take their blessings. #AtulRanade and I just did.”
“Sir said he had spoken to the captain and you would not need to field. That used to be my training. That was important because you needed to figure out your game there and figure out how to score runs in the middle,” Mr. Tendulkar said. On Teacher’s Day, he had posted a video on Twitter as a tribute to his Coach.