New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was asked by a Twitter user as to why she calls herself a chowkidar to which the leader replied that she watches over the interests of the Indian nationals living abroad. Swaraj tweeted, “Because I am doing Chowkidari of Indian interests and Indian nationals abroad.” Also Read - Remembering Sushma Swaraj: PM Modi Pays Tribute to Forgone Leader Who Was 'India's Voice at World Stage'
It must be noted that the prefix was added by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on social media after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign earlier this month. Also Read - 'Abrogation of Article 370 India's Internal Matter, Other Nations Have no Business,' Says Venkaiah Naidu
Sushma Swaraj’s comment came after an attack on an Indian couple in Germany’s Munich.
An Indian man named Prashant Basarur died and his wife Smitha sustained injuries after being stabbed by an immigrant in Munich. The incident came to light after External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to share the unfortunate incident.
Swaraj tweeted, “Indian couple Prashant and Smita Basarur were stabbed by an immigrant near Munich. Unfortunately, Prashant has expired. Smita is stable. We are facilitating the travel of Prashant’s brother to Germany. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.”
The couple was attacked by the immigrants at around 7 AM on Friday when the duo got involved in an argument with a 33-year-old from Guinea who resided in the same building as that of the Basarurs.
Tweeting about the incident, Swaraj wrote, “Indian couple Prashant and Smita Basarur were stabbed by an immigrant near Munich. Unfortunately, Prashant has expired. Smita is stable. We are facilitating the travel of Prashant’s brother to Germany. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.”
The couple has two children, Saakshi and Shlok both are under the care of the Indian mission office in Germany. The EAM said she has asked Indian mission in Munich to take care of their children. “I appreciate the good work by @cgmunich. I have asked our mission to take care of their two children,” she had tweeted later.