New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a radio interaction with the security guards across the country on Wednesday. The interaction came a few hours after the news of arrest of PNB scam accused fugitive businessman Nirav Modi in London broke.

Slamming the Congress over its ‘chowkidar chor hai’ slogan, Narendra Modi in his radio address to the security guards said, “My work is to be alert 24X7 like you.” Congress president Rahul Gandhi had earlier used the slogan, “chowkidar chor hai” (the watchman is a thief) as an insult. Hinting at the remark, Modi responded to a participant saying, “I want to apologise as some people in last few months for their vested interests have run a disinformation campaign against ‘chowkidars’. It is unfortunate that the language of these people has hurt you.”

In his radio address, the Prime Minister identified himself as a ‘chowkidar’ who would prevent the occurrence of any wrong things. Modi said, “Everyone is talking about chowkidar. The entire nation is taking a pledge to be a chowkidar today…Calling a chowkidar chor repeatedly is an insult to all chowkidars.”

“We have to make great progress. We have to make our children doctor, engineer, soldiers in the army, and also the prime minister of the country. But we have to keep the ‘samskar’ (defining attribute) of a chowkidar in our children,” he said in an apparent reference to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s jibe at “Main Bhi Chowkidar” campaign of the BJP.

Nirav Modi, who was arrested in London on Tuesday from Holborn metro station by the Scotland Yard, was evading from the authorities since February 2018. Notably, India had requested his extradition in August 2018. He and his uncle Mehul Choksi are the main accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. Both of them had left India before the details of the fraud came to light in January 2018.