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IAS officer transferred for "Sarcastic" Tweet on Gandhi

By IndianMandarins- 03 Jun 2019


Following her controversial tweet on Mahatma Gandhi Nidhi Choudhari (IAS:2012:MH), serving as Deputy Municipal Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (Dy MC, BMC), was on June 03, 2019 transferred as Deputy Secretary in Water Resources and Sanitation department considered a less important posting. Her tweet invited strong criticism from all quarters, including NCP, Congress.


The government has also issued her a show-cause notice and asked her to explain the comments. Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan told reporters: "IAS officers are expected to speak about issues that concern their departments only. Her comment about Gandhiji was not appreciated."


Though, Nidhi clarified that she was a follower of Gandhian ideas and that her tweet was written in a sarcastic vein but was taken at face value.


Ms Chaudhari had deleted the tweet after the controversy and issued several clarifications on social media saying she revered the Mahatma.


Further she clarified in media saying "I thanked Godse as Mahatma Gandhi did not have to watch these times...People have been writing so much negative and wrong things about Mahatma Gandhi on social media. The negative posts on Mahatma Gandhi have been more visible since January this year and that's why I wrote this tweet,".  

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