Rajeshwar Shastri Musalgaonkar, a Sanskrit professor at Madhya Pradesh’s Vikram University, Ujjain has been suspended from his job after he made a Facebook post predicting BJP led NDA victory in 2019 elections. He had made the forecast based on astrology and posted on Facebook on April 29: “BJP 300 ke paas aur NDA 300 ke paar (BJP near 300 seats and NDA more than 300).”
State Youth Congress secretary Babloo Khinchi filed a written complaint with the district returning officer, arguing that the prediction by a government employee in support of a particular party is violation of the Model Code of Conduct and, therefore, punishable under the MP Civil Services (Conduct) Rules.
He said that Musalgaonkar had made the prediction on April 29, the first phase of polling in the state. He said a BJP worker tweeted the prediction to influence voting.
The district returning officer recommended suspension and wrote to the divisional commissioner. On May 7, Musalgaonkar was placed under suspension and attached to another department.
Stating that he is politically neutral, Musalgaonkar told The Indian Express that his prediction was not intended to benefit any political party and was only a response to a student’s query.