New Delhi: Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to interact with people who have pledged their support to ‘Main bhi Chowkidaar’ movement through video conference from 500 locations in the country on March 31, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Tuesday. Also Read - 'I Apologise... Just Forgot the Name': Kamal Nath Explains 'Item' Jibe After Controversy, EC Takes Note
Addressing reporters, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad took a jibe at Congress leaders for mocking the campaign. He said,”While the movement was becoming popular among the common man, those who were out on bail and facing various legal action were troubled by it.” Also Read - 'Global Pandemic Made us Realise Importance of Technology, Teamwork': PM Modi at Grand Challenges Meet
He added,”Over one crore people have joined the campaign and it is now a people’s movement. While it is becoming popular among the people, there are some who are opposing it.” Also Read - 'Citizenship Amendment Act Will be Implemented Soon': BJP President JP Nadda in West Bengal
Reacting to Priyanka Gandhi’s comment that ‘Chowkidaars are not meant for farmers but for rich’, Prasad said,”Those who are out on bail with their families or have something to hide are opposing the movement. Some people are saying ‘Chowkidaar’ is for the rich. These are the same people who looted about 12 lakh crore from poor people.”
Earlier on Sunday, the ruling BJP stepped up its ‘Main bhi chowkidaar’ campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other party leaders, including its president Amit Shah, prefixing the word ‘chowkidaar’ to their names in their Twitter profile as they sought people’s support in the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
The party leaders also put out short advertisement videos showing that people from different walks of life have turned ‘chowkidaars’ to do their bit for the country like Modi. Modi’s Twitter profile identified him as “Chowkidaar Narendra Modi” and similar was the case with other BJP leaders as they launched a coordinated campaign.
Slamming the BJP over the campaign, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the truth cannot change and everyone is saying “Chowkidaar Chor Hai” (the watchman is a thief). “You can keep trying Mr Modi, but the truth cannot be extinguished. Every Indian is saying it. #ChowkidarChorHai “P.S: Do force Sushma ji to add Chowkidaar to her handle. It’s looking very bad,” Gandhi tweeted.