According to India Today, an IAS officer faced serious backlash after posting a tweet allegedly glorifying Nathuram Godse.
Though she claimed to have meant it in a sarcastic manner, she was still criticised for making such controversial statements, especially since she’s an IAS officer.
Nidhi Choudhari, posted as a joint commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal corporation (BMC), in a deleted tweet dating 17 May, had said:
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 real tribute from all of us ThankU #Godse from 30.01.1948.
A damage-control tweet from Nidhi Choudhari soon followed the deleted one.
I have deleted my tweet of 17.05.2019 w.r.t. GandhiJi because some people misunderstood it— Nidhi Choudhari🕉☪️✝️☸️ (@nidhichoudhari) May 31, 2019
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 deepest regard & will do till last breath pic.twitter.com/CSjaKHF9BJ
Posting a series of tweets highlighting her love for Gandhi, she reassured people that it was no disrespect but a tweet taken in the wrong sense.
Once again a few more tweets from past few months, plz read them. I have not created them now or deleted them. You may check today itself & understand how I feel for GandhiJi— Nidhi Choudhari🕉☪️✝️☸️ (@nidhichoudhari) June 1, 2019
My favorite book is My Experiments with Gandhi, my favourite movie is GANDHI
Deeply saddened today😭 pic.twitter.com/OIaxQYcQuI
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
Here are a few glimpses of my earlier tweets of past few months.— Nidhi Choudhari🕉☪️✝️☸️ (@nidhichoudhari) June 1, 2019
Kindly read and understand how I feel for GandhiJi
I am a devout follower of GandhiJi and would NEVER insult him
The tweet which has been misinterpreted was a sarcasm and not intended to hurt anyone’s sentiments pic.twitter.com/YNMeW6xQYf
Though not everyone was buying her explanations.
so such IAS officers we have.. one of your IAS officer @nidhichoudhari wants Mahatma Gandhi to be removed from our currency note.. @IASassociation will you condemnn this act of your officer ? pic.twitter.com/egNOE5vyx0— NeaL Gaikwad (@Nildreams90) June 1, 2019
Suspend Nidhi Choudhari, IAS officer from service who made derogatory remarks against father of nation Mahatma Gandhi by tweet. pic.twitter.com/9aA2Ubk0hM— Babasaheb Kale (@babasahebkale3) June 2, 2019
I demand immediate suspension of IAS officer Nidhi Choudhari for her derogatory tweet against Mahatma Gandhi. She gloried Nathuram Godse, this should not be tolerated.— Qamar Sheikh Ahsan (@BeingQSAtweets) June 2, 2019
(Pic of tweet by IAS Nidhi Choudhari on May17, she later deleted the tweet)
New India.#SundayThoughts #Super30 pic.twitter.com/enJqRlCb30
According to The Hindu, NCP president Sharad Pawar requested the Maharashtra CM to look into the incident demanding ‘exemplary action’ against Nidhi.