Mumbai: A Mumbai woman IAS officer’s tweet has triggered a row by calling removal of Mahatma Gandhi’s statues from across the world, including his images from the Indian currency notes.
Demanding that ins-titutions and roads named after the Father of the Nation be renamed, BMC’s Dy municipal chief Nidhi Choudhari also “thanked” his assassin Nathuram Godse.
After the controversy, 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 Gandhi’s mortal remains, Ms 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 Ms Choudhari.
“She glorified Godse by posting a derogatory tweet about Gandhiji. This shouldn’t be tolerated,” he said.
Claiming Gandhi’s My Experiments With Truth is her all-time favourite book, Ms Choudhari said that her tweet was “misinterpreted.”...