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Finally MP Sachin Tendulkar applies for leave; Rajya Sabha permits
Few days after the absence of sportsperson-turned-Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood actress Rekha became matter of discussion in the house for their long absence, Tendulkar has formally applied for leave, which is also sanctioned by the speaker of the house.

Tendulkar on Monday sent his leave application to the Chairman of the house Hamid Ansari and acknowledged him from the reasons behind his long absence. The cricketing legend who was nominated in the upper house in April 2012 was continuously absent from the house for 40 days without any informing the speaker. He had last attended the Parliament session in December, 2013.

According to the Constitution's article 104, if an MP remains absent in the house for 60 days his seat could be considered as vacant.

As the current session is supposed to end on August 14, Tendulkar sent his leave request for the remaining days of the session. When the debate started a week before on his absence, Tendulkar reasoned that it was not that he is non-serious about his membership, but it was his brothers illness which stopped him from coming to the parliament.

Tendulkar, as reported by TOI, had said, "There was a medical emergency in my family, certain things I want to keep it private. But just to let you know, my elder brother Ajit had to undergo a bypass surgery and I had to be by his side."

On little master's request the house has granted him leave in the wake of the personal and professional reasons given by him. But to save his membership, he further needs to attend the winter session which is likely to begin in November end as he cannot remain absent for 60 consecutive days (sittings) of the Parliament.

Meanwhile, Bollywood actress-turned-MP Rekha appeared in the upper house today after remaining absent for a long duration.

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