The Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day, celebrated on November 1 every year, has come under cloud with State Administrative Service (SAS) officials threatening to go on a mass leave on the day.
Moreover, leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare has also announced a sit-in in front of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's residence that is expected to create some fireworks.
In the absence of any response from senior officials of the state government, the State Administrative Service Association has gone ahead with their decision of a mass leave on November 1.
The Bhopal wing of SAS association, SLR (Superintendent of Land Record) Officials' Association and Revenue Officials' Association have submitted a memorandum informing of their mass leave to ADM BS Jamod on Monday.
The exercise was done at all district headquarters where district representatives of association gave a memorandum to the district collectors. There are about 2,000 officials that may go on a mass leave on the foundation day.
On the other hand, leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare’s dharna at the chief minister's house may act another spoilsport on the day. Katare is known to attract media through his media-friendly strategies.
The Congress is no mood to spare this opportunity. Katare has planned the sit-in alleging that the chief minister did not respond to his letters related to various charges on the government. Katare is also expected to show his strength on the occasion in view the Congress infighting and local body elections.
Some employee organisations that were planning some sort of protest against state government on the Foundation Day have postponed their plans as they have been invited by the chief minister for discussion on Tuesday.
Dr Gunjan Gupta of Sambhavana Clinic says that these workers and volunteers are extremely helpful as surveillance and monitoring team. "We provide them the necessary guidance whenever necessary," she says.