Maharashtra IAS officer, whose controversial tweet on Mahatma Gandhi and ‘Thank U’ note for his assassin Nathuram Godse had sparked a huge controversy, has been transferred. The Maharashtra government has also issued a show-cause notice to her.
Taking to Twitter on 17 May, Nidhi Choudhari had written, “What an exceptional celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary year is going on!” She then went on to demand the removal of Gandhi’s ‘face from our currency, his statues from across the world, rename institutions/roads named after him!’
She concluded her post by saying that ‘That would be a real tribute from all of us!’ Choudhari signed off her social media post by writing ‘Thank U Godse.’
Although she later deleted her tweet and clarified that her social media post was shared in sarcasm, the state government moved in with lightning speed to take action against her. Choudhari, who served as the joint municipal commissioner in the Mumbai civic body, has now been transferred to water supply department.
“IAS officers are expected to speak about issues that concern their departments only. Her comment about Gandhiji were not appreciated and the chief minister has taken a critical view and ordered her transfer. She has also been issued a show-cause notice,” Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan was quoted by Times of India.
Opposition leaders in Maharashtra had demanded a strict action against Choudhari for her tweet, perceived to be insulting towards Mahatma Gandhi.