A government engineer’s request for a holiday on Sunday has become a topic of discussion in WhatsApp groups in Madhya Pradesh, thanks to his claims of reincarnation and spiritual awakening with references to the Mahabharata.
Rajkumar Yadav, deputy engineer of MGNREGA projects at Susner in Agar Malwa district, wrote in a WhatsApp message addressed to the panchayat CEO that he suddenly remembered the events of his past life.
He has written that in his previous life AIMIM President and MP Asaduddin Owaisi was his childhood friend Nakul and has called RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as “Shakuni Mama”.
“I want to study the Gita to know more about my past life. I will also go door to door begging to erase my ego. Since it is a matter of my soul, I request to give Sunday holiday,” read the post shared on the panchayat’s WhatsApp group.
Speaking to the media, Mr Yadav said that he sometimes has to work on Sundays, but after his “spiritual awakening”, he wants to spend the day reading the Gita. He said, “I dreamed that Asaduddin Owaisi was my Sakha (friend) and Mohan Bhagwat was also there as Shakuni Mama.”
Though his request was not only turned down, Parag Panthi, CEO of Janpad Panchayat said that he will have to come to the office on Sunday also and work hard to shed his ego. pic.twitter.com/IvRE2Swe4j
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As a headline to the answer, Parag Panthi, CEO of the panchayat, said Mr. Yadav should come to the office every Sunday and work hard to become “arrogant-free”.
The sarcastic CEO’s reply said that it is out of ego that people want to spend Sundays as per their wish and this ego needs to be rooted out. Therefore, he said, Mr. Yadav should work every Sunday.
It remains to be seen if the bizarre leave request takes action against the official, but for now it is just spreading laughs on social media.