In a public rally in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan, Congress president Rahul Gandhi called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a thief while alleging that the Rafale warplane deal that the prime minister signed with France’s Dassault Aviation was a “scam”.
Addressing the people in rally, on Thursday, the Congress chief sloganeered in Hindi: “Gali, gali mein shor hain, desh ka chowkidar chor hain,”, which roughly translates to: “People in lanes and bylanes are shouting the country’s watchman is a thief.”
During his 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, Modi had said he will keep a watch on national wealth like a “chowkidar” (watchman) and won’t let anyone steal it. Gandhi used the “chowkidar” metaphor to attack Modi.
Interestingly, when the Bofors scam broke in the late 1980s, when Rahul Gandhi’s father, Rajiv Gandhi, was the prime minister, the opposition created the slogan: “Gali, gali mein shor hain, Rajiv Gandhi chor hai.”