IAS officer Ajay Singh Gangwar was removed from his post in BJP-led Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, two days after he praised former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and attacked his critics on a social media post.
Chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh government Anthony de Sa ordered Gangwar’s removal from his post and his appointment as deputy secretary, Mantralaya.
The CM secretariat dropped enough hints on Wednesday about action against the collector.
In a post on Facebook, Gangwar, Barwani collector, wrote: “Pls let me know the mistakes Nehru should not have committed…It was his mistake if he didn’t allow you to become a Hindu Talibani Rashtra in 1947..It was his mistake that he brought IIT, ISRO, BARAC, IISB, IIM, BHEL STEEL PLANT, DAMS, THERMAL POWER (sic)”.
“…it was his mistake that he gave respect to SARABHAI, HOMI JAHANGEER instead of INTELLECTUAL like Asaram and Ramdev..It was his blunder that he opened university in place of Goshala and Mandir..It was his mistake that he showed you a scientific way in place of superstition.. Gandhi family needs to apologise to the nation for such mistakes (sic).”
Gangwar told Hindustan Times that it was his personal opinion “meant for a discussion exclusively among Facebook friends and is a kind of satire. Some may agree and some may not. I don’t think expressing opinion on a subject in such a manner amounts to making a political comments and violates Central Civil Services (conduct) Rules”.
The IAS officer’s post apparently didn’t go down well with the top echelons in the bureaucracy.
The row over Nehru-Gandhi family flared up recently after Jawaharlal Nehru’s name was reportedly taken off some textbooks in Rajasthan and actor Rishi Kapoor questioned why important establishments of the country were named after the members of the family.