IAS officer Nidhi Choudhari, who posted a controversial tweet calling for the removal of Mahatma Gandhi’s statues and ‘thanking’ his assassin Nathuram Godse, has been transferred on Monday, 3 June, reported PTI.
Opposition parties in Maharashtra, Congress and NCP had demanded the suspension of the officer on Sunday, 2 June.
In the tweet, which has since been deleted, BMC Deputy Municipal Commissioner Nidhi Choudhari had called for (the) removal of Mahatma Gandhi's statues from across the world and his images from the Indian currency notes. She also "thanked" Godse.
After a row erupted, the officer clarified that the tweet was "sarcastic" and that it was "misinterpreted".
Please read my entire timeline before jumping to conclusions— Nidhi Choudhari?☪️✝️☸️ (@nidhichoudhari) June 1, 2019
That was a sarcastic comment not intended to insult GandhiJi
I cannot insult him under any circumstances pic.twitter.com/0Xj0fhqVXG
NCP, Congress Demand Officer’s Suspension
NCP president Sharad Pawar on Sunday, 2 June, demanded "exemplary" action against Choudhari for her tweet.
In a letter addressed to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Pawar said, "If the government doesn't take action it would be deemed that its policy and intention has reached its lowest ebb".
“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 said.
Her comments were not only condemnable but were fit for action against her, the former Union minister said, adding that he was shocked to hear about the contents of the tweet.
Pawar said he expected an "exemplary action" against the bureaucrat from the chief minister.
Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan and Nationalist Congress Party leader Jitendra Awhad separately demanded suspension of the IAS officer.
"The tweet is condemnable. It only shows her low thinking. The need of the hour is to stop such a thought," the former chief minister said on Sunday.
Chavan said the state government should make its stand clear on the issue, which would be seen into what action it takes against the officer.
"The government should show whether it is with Gandhi's ideology or that of Godse," he said.
On Saturday, 1 June, NCP leader Jitendra Awhad demanded suspension of Choudhari for posting the "derogatory" tweet and "glorifying" Godse.
"She glorified Godse by posting a derogatory tweet about Gandhiji. This shouldn't be tolerated," he said.
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