#MainBhiChowkidar: PM changes his Twitter name as ‘Chowkidar Narendra Modi’, other BJP leaders follow 

Pahi Mehra  Saturday 16th of March 2019 07:11 PM
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, changed his Twitter profile name as “Chowkidar Narendra Modi” as his latest campaign – “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I’m a watchman too)” for the Lok Sabha election. Soon, other BJP ministers, members and supporters of the prime minister started doing the same.

The prominent among those who added “chowkidar” before their names are: BJP president Amit Shah, Union ministers Piyush Goyal, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Harsh Vardhan and Dharmendra Pradhan. Narendra Modi tweeted and retweeted many of their messages in acknowledgment and appreciation for their support.

The “MeinBhiChowkidar” campaign is designed to counter Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s “chowkidar chor hai” slogan, which Gandhi first started using in his election rallies for the assembly elections, late last year, while attacking the prime minister over alleged irregularities over the Rafale warplane deal. 

During the 2014 Lok Sabha election, senior Congressman Mani Shankar Aiyar’s “chaiwala (tea seller)” barb against Modi, who was the BJP’s prime-ministerial candidate, proved to be a disaster for the Congress as Modi turned it into the highly successful “Chai Pe Charcha (discussion over tea)” campaign. Narendra Modi’s father used to sell tea at a railway platform in Gujarat and young Narendra used to help him out in his modest business.

The “chowkidar” tag has a background. During the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, Modi likened himself to a “chowkidar” and assured that he would guard the national treasury from looters’ hands (in a reference to the Congress, whose election symbol is the hand).




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