New Delhi: The Indian Army has rejected a man for recruitment allegedly because of his over-zealous feelings for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, whose names were imprinted on the man's chest.
Sourabh Bilgaiyan is a 22-year-old class X student who dreams of serving in the Indian Army. He has a tattoo on his chest which reads: "Jab tak suraj chaand rahega, Shivraj Mama aur Narendra Modi ka naam rahega". (As long as the sun and the moon shine, Shivraj and Modi names will remain)
"Though I have no interest in politics, I am a fan of (Shivraj Singh) Chouhan and (Narendra) Modi and got this slogan imprinted on my chest as a mark of respect for the two leaders during the 2013 elections. However, when I went to Maharashtra's Vimannagar in 2014 to appear in a recruitment rally for Army and after appearing in the written examination when I removed my shirt for physical and medical examination, the recruiters declared me unfit for the force because of this slogan," NDTV quoted Sourabh as saying.
A senior army official has said that the Indian Army does not allow anyone to reveal his/her interests or his/her identity in a battlefield.
"There is a rule in the Army that any person applying for any post should not sport any slogan about any particular person, especially about political persons," said the official.
It seems Sourabh's name will remain out of the army till PM Modi and CM Shivraj Chouhan's name remains.