Maharashtra Navnirmaan Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has ridiculed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Main Bhi chowkidar’ campaign on Twitter, stating the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls will be held in India “not in Nepal”.
PM Modi launched an extensive campaign on Twitter, entitled #MainBhiChowkidar, with a relevant video that being said all Indian who cared about the nation was a chowkidar. One day, later on, he modified his Twitter name and added ‘Chowkidar’ prefix, along with other BJP leaders following suit. The Twitter campaign was a hit, considering the traction it brought to the micro-blogging site.
On Tuesday, Raj Thackeray, even while addressing his party workers, stated, “This is all but a farce. What is this Chowkidar thing? Will the election be held in India or Nepal? The prime minister’s thought process should be bigger than that.”
Thackeray included, “Please don’t fall into the trap. Concentrate on the assembly election.
“This government does not have answers to many questions. The jobless younger generation is asking him questions. He doesn’t have answers and that is why such they are employing such gimmicks.”
Raj Thackeray further stated he had been hearing a lot regarding the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress party making false statements. “I called up Ashok Chavan and Ajit Pawar and have asked them to stop making statements.”
Senior BJP leaders, including party chief Amit Shah, have changed their Twitter names to add a prefix ‘Chowkidar’ — in a jibe against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi who has time and again accused the proverbial original chowkidar — PM Modi — of being a chor (a thief).
The word ‘chowkidar’ was first utilized in the poll campaign ahead of the 2014 general election by PM Modi. He had then assured to work as a “chowkidar” to protect people’s money if voted to power.
Rahul Gandhi has since repeatedly been hurling the “chowkidar chor hai”
(watchman is the thief) jibe at PM Modi to claim crony capitalism in the Rafale fighter jet deal, a charge that the BJP-led government has — repeatedly — rejected.