New Delhi: Bhartiya Janata Party senior leader Subramanian Swamy reasoned himself out of prefixing name on Twitter with ‘chowkidar’ by affirming to the world that he is a ‘Brahmin’.
Explaining his decision to not add ‘chowkidar’ to his name unlike all leaders of the party and the Prime Minister himself, the BJP MP in an interview to Thanthi TV said, “I am Brahmin, I can’t be a chowkidar (watchman). I will give directions and chowkidars will have to follow it.”
A day after launching ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign on social media, the Prime Minister on March 17 changed the title of his Twitter account to ‘Chowkidar Narendra Modi’.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah followed with ‘Chowkidar Amit Shah’ and tweeted: “The one who made cleanliness a moral value… he is called Chowkidar #MainBhiChowkidar. Say with all your heart #ChowkidarPhirSe (watchman again).”
Shah’s remarks came after senior BJP leaders and Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, J.P. Nadda, Harsh Vardhan and Dharmendra Pradhan followed suit, changing their names similarly on Twitter accounts.
The campaign counters Congress president Rahul Gandhi‘s repeated attacks on Modi and his government over various alleged mishandling of economic and defence deals, with the slogan – ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai (watchman is a thief)’.
“Five years ago, Chowkidar said he wanted to fight corruption. He said he wanted to make it a ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’. Today, the slogan of ‘Acche Din Aayenge’ has changed to ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’,” Gandhi has been repeating at rallies. Gandhi latched on to the word “Chowkidar” as Modi, during the 2014 Lok Sabha campaigning, promised to work as a “Chowkidar” to guard people’s money and their trust once elected.
With IANS inputs