Mumbai IAS officer’s anti-Gandhi tweet sparks row, NCP wants her suspension



A Mumbai woman IAS officers tweet has triggered a row by calling removal of Mahatma Gandhis statues from across the world, including his images from the Indian currency notes. Demanding that institutions and roads named after the Father of the Nation be renamed, she also thanked his assassin Nathuram Godse. After the controversy, the officer, Nidhi Choudhari, posted as Deputy Municipal Commissioner in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), said on Saturday that the tweet was sarcastic and it was misinterpreted. The controversial tweet has since been deleted. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) demanded her suspension for the derogatory tweet about Mahatma Gandhi and glorification of Godse. In her tweet posted on May 17 along with the picture of Mahatma Gandhis mortal remains, Choudhari had written, What an exceptional celebration of 150th birth anniversary year is going on. 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! ThankU#Godse for 30.01.1948. On Saturday, NCP leader Jitendra Awhad demanded strict action against Choudhari by suspending her. She glorified Godse by posting a derogatory tweet about Gandhiji. This shouldnt be tolerated, he said. Claiming that Mahatma Gandhis My Experiments With Truth is her all-time favourite book, Choudhari said that her tweet was misinterpreted. Those who have misinterpreted my tweet of 17.5.2019 should go through my timeline. Even past few months tweets would be self explanatory. I am deeply hurt and saddened by misinterpretation to a tweet written with sarcasm. I would never insult GandhiJi. GandhiJi is Father of Our Nation in 2019 all of us must do our little bit to make this country better. Hope those misinterpreting my tweets would realise the sarcasm in it, she said on Twitter on Saturday.

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