The Confederation of Government Employees Union and Software Engineers Association have sent a joint petition to the BCCI, IOA, SAI, President of India, PM, Sports Minister and all MPs. In this petition they have demanded that Government holiday should be declared on Sachin’s birthday ( 24th, April).
They pointed out that in the list of Government Holidays, no holiday has been declared for sportspersons. Demanding a sports quota in Government Holidays, they have cited how Sachin has been made a Rajya Sabha Member under sports category and the proposal for conferring Bharat Ratna for Sachin under sports Category.
More over Sachin being GOD of Cricket, they argued that if he cannot be accommodated under sports quota his Birthday should be accommodated under Religious quota in the list of Holidays.
They have initiated an online campaign and also a Sachin run around the Wankhede stadium during the 200th test match to press their demands. In this regard they also met youth Icon Rahul Gandhi and impressed upon him that this move will connect him with the youth of the country and fetch more votes in the up coming elections.
RaGa has readily agreed to their proposal. Accordingly he has planned to barge into the match presentation ceremony at Wankhede stadium (Sachin’s 200th Test) and symbolically tear off the Government of India list of Holidays saying that this list is complete nonsense. With cricket lovers and holiday lovers egging him on, he would demand Holidays on the Birthdays of PT Usha, Milkha Singh and Viswanathan Anand.
PS: Apparently employees found that there are hardly any public holidays in April which is the vacation time for their kids and they had to exhaust their quota of annual leave in hot summer. To save their leave quota for cooler winter they have planned this strategy. Smelling success they planning to demand for quota for Dalits, Minorities, women etc in the list of Holidays, particularly in summer months !!!