According to a news agency, Ms Nidhi had posted a tweet on May 17 contending that Mahatma Gandhi’s pictures from Indian currency.
Mumbai: IAS officer Nidhi Choudhary, currently posted as Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Special) of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has landed in stoke a controversy after her social media post deriding Mahatma Gandhi and glorifying Nathuram Godse.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday demanded her suspension.
According to a news agency, Ms Nidhi had posted a tweet on May 17 contending that Mahatma Gandhi’s pictures from Indian currency, his statues and name of roads after his name should be done away with.
She purportedly “thanked” Nathuram Godse for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 1948, in her tweet — which she later deleted owning to criticism on social media.
On 17 May, Ms Nidhi had tweeted, “What an exceptional celebration of 150th birth year is going on. High time, we remove his face from our currency, his statutes 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.”
However, in view of her intense criticism, she deleted her previous tweet. “I have deleted my tweet of 17.05.2019 w.r.t. Gandhiji because some people misunderstood it.
Her tweet coincided with the controversy, which erupted over BJP leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur`s controversial statement that Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin ‘’Nathuram Godse was a true patriot.’’
However, in view of her intense criticism, she deleted her previous tweet and clarified that her earlier tweet was misunderstood and she would never even dream of insulting Mahatma Gandhi.
“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 the deepest regard and will do till last breath,” she tweeted.
Demanding a strict action against the IAS officer, NCP leader Jitendra Awhad said, “We demand immediate suspension of IAS officer Nidhi Choudhari for her derogatory tweet against Mahatma Gandhi. She gloried Nathuram Godse, this should not be tolerated.”