PM Modi assumes the ‘Chowkidar’ title on his Twitter account; BJP ministers follow suit

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s request to supporters for taking the #MainBhiChowkidar pledge against corruption, the PM changed his name on Twitter to ‘Chowkidar’, with BJP chief Amit Shah and several Union ministers following suit.

The one who made cleanliness a moral value… he is called Chowkidar #MainBhiChowkidar. Say with all your heart #ChowkidarPhirSe (watchman again),” Amit Shah tweeted after senior BJP leaders changed their names.

This comes a day after PM Modi launched his party’s “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)” campaign ahead of the national election that begins next month. The PM released a video with the same title on Twitter and said, “Your Chowkidar is standing firm and serving the nation”.

The campaign has been launched to counter the Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s ” chowkidar chor hai” jibe against the Prime Minister. The party has launched the campaign as part of its strategy to turn the tables as it did in 2014 by aggressively countering former Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar’s “chaiwalla” jibe.

Congress president has been recently attacking Narendra Modi for allegedly doing corruption in Rafale deal and his closeness with some businessmen.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday launched a ‘main bhi chowkidar’ (I too am watchman) campaign and urged his supporters to take a pledge. He said he is not alone in the fight against graft and social evils.

“Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation. But, I am not alone. Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar. Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a Chowkidar. Today, every Indian is saying-#MainBhiChowkidar,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter.

The Prime Minister also shared a 3.45-minute video with the tweet titled “Take The Pledge”, urging people to join Modi on March 31 at 6 pm for a video programme titled ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar”.

In the video, Modi called himself a watchman and said that he was not alone, in a counter to Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s ” chowkidar chor hai” jibe.

Following Modi’s tweet, several BJP leaders also used the #MainBhiChowkidar hashtag and tweeted.