Maharashtra IAS officer who posted controversial tweet on Mahatma Gandhi transferred

Top News 'Gathbandhan' over? Mayawati hints BSP to go solo in bypolls IAF AN-32 aircraft carrying 13 onboard loses contact LiveWorld Cup: Moeen Ali scalps Babar Azam, Hafeez hits half-ton Nidhi Choudhari Maharashtra IAS officer Nidhi Choudhari was transferred on Monday after courting controversy over a tweet on Mahatma Gandhi. Choudhari was moved from the Mumbai municipal corporation to the water supply department in Mantralaya. Advertising The 2012-batch IAS officer from Maharashtra in a tweet, now deleted, had called for the removal of Mahatma Gandhi’s statues and “thanked” his assassin Nathuram Godse. She has also been issued a show-cause notice by the Maharashtra government for the ‘sarcastic’ tweet. Choudhari, who was serving as a joint municipal commissioner (Special) in the Mumbai municipality, had on May 17 tweeted, “What an exceptional celebration of the 150th birth anniversary (of Gandhi) is going on. (she had ended the sentence with a crying emoticon). High time, we remove his face from our currency, his statues from across the world, rename institutions/roads named after him! That would be a real tribute from all of us! Thank U #Godse for 30.01.1948 (sic).” As the controversy erupted, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) demanded Choudhari’s suspension for the ‘derogatory’ tweet saying it glorified Nathuram Godse. Advertising Earlier, in a letter addressed to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, NCP president Sharad Pawar had demanded for ‘exemplary’ action against the Choudhari. “A government official in a progressive state like Maharashtra making such insulting comments against Mahatma Gandhi, and the state government turning a blind eye to it is a serious matter,” Pawar had said. Contending that some people “misunderstood” it, Choudhari tweeted on Friday: “I have deleted my tweet of 17.05.2019 w.r.t Gandhiji because some people misunderstood it. If only they had followed my timeline since 2011 they would’ve understood that I would NEVER even dream of insulting Gandhji. I bow before him with deepest regard and will do till last breath (sic).” I have deleted my tweet of 17.05.2019 w.r.t. GandhiJi because some people misunderstood it If only they had followed my timeline since 2011 they would’ve understood that I would NEVER even dream of insulting GandhiJi I bow before him with deepest regard & will do till last breath pic.twitter.com/CSjaKHF9BJ — Nidhi Choudhari

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Maharashtra IAS officer Nidhi Choudhari was transferred on Monday after courting controversy over a tweet on Mahatma Gandhi. Choudhari was moved from the Mumbai municipal corporation to the water supply department in Mantralaya.

The 2012-batch IAS officer from Maharashtra in a tweet, now deleted, had called for the removal of Mahatma Gandhi’s statues and “thanked” his assassin Nathuram Godse. She has also been issued a show-cause notice by the Maharashtra government for the ‘sarcastic’ tweet.

Choudhari, who was serving as a joint municipal commissioner (Special) in the Mumbai municipality, had on May 17 tweeted, “What an exceptional celebration of the 150th birth anniversary (of Gandhi) is going on. (she had ended the sentence with a crying emoticon). High time, we remove his face from our currency, his statues from across the world, rename institutions/roads named after him! That would be a real tribute from all of us! Thank U #Godse for 30.01.1948 (sic).”

As the controversy erupted, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) demanded Choudhari’s suspension for the ‘derogatory’ tweet saying it glorified Nathuram Godse.

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Earlier, in a letter addressed to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, NCP president Sharad Pawar had demanded for ‘exemplary’ action against the Choudhari.

“A government official in a progressive state like Maharashtra making such insulting comments against Mahatma Gandhi, and the state government turning a blind eye to it is a serious matter,” Pawar had said.

Contending that some people “misunderstood” it, Choudhari tweeted on Friday: “I have deleted my tweet of 17.05.2019 w.r.t Gandhiji because some people misunderstood it. If only they had followed my timeline since 2011 they would’ve understood that I would NEVER even dream of insulting Gandhji. I bow before him with deepest regard and will do till last breath (sic).”