Mumbai mayor's objectionable language in tweet triggers row
Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar on Wednesday triggered a controversy by using objectionable language against a Twitter user who posed a question about the status of the city civic body's global COVID-19 vaccine supply contract on the social media platform.
''Tuzya Bapala'' (to your father) replied Pednekar when a Twitter user asked ''Contract Konala dila??'' (To whom contract has been given?) while commenting on a Marathi news channel's tweet regarding the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) global tender on COVID-19 vaccine supply.
Pednekar, a Shiv Sena leader, later deleted the objectionable tweet, but by that time it had gone viral on social media platforms.
Opposition parties quickly latched onto the post to target the mayor.
''This reflects very poorly on the high office she holds,'' Shaikh said, adding the goof up could have been made by her social media managers, but she should clarify on this.
Pednekar, whose father was a mill worker, had started out as a nurse before she joined the Shiv Sena's women wing in 1992. She was first elected as a corporator in 2002 and re- elected in 2012 and 2017.
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Padnekar received praise from citizens for visiting hospitals and care centres without worrying about her life.
Last year, she had donned a nurse's uniform to boost the morale of health workers and other COVID-19 worriers.
Meanwhile, nine entities have responded to the BMC's global tender for supply of 1 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses and their documents are under scrutiny.
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