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Maharashtra government slammed for denying honours to cricket coach

January 5, 2019

The Shiv Sena has criticized the Maharashtra government for denying a state funeral to Ramakant Achrekar, the legendary cricket coach who passed away in Mumbai earlier this week.

The Sena has also asked former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who was a student of Mr Achrekar, to boycott all government events.

Sanjay Raut, a senior Sena leader took to Twitter to voice his protest.

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. - Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena leader

Mr Acharekar died at the age of 87 in Mumbai. Apart from Tendulkar, he trained Vinod Kambli and many other cricketers at Shivaji Park in Dadar, Mumbai.

A senior minister in Maharashtra government has admitted that there was an oversight on the part of authorities due to a communication gap. Maharashtra Housing Minister Prakash Mehta represented the state government at the funeral of the coach and said that the denial of a state funeral was "sad and unfortunate".

The Sena slammed the government in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna and called the lack of a state funeral, "troubling". "The government forgot to fulfil 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".

Tendulkar, who was present at his coach's funeral, paid a tribute to Mr Achrekar on social media, saying "You'll always be in our hearts."

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