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PM Modi apologises for Congress party's 'chowkidar chor hai' slogan, says it's harmful for country

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 20 March 2019, 06:00 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said 'chowkidar' has become synonymous with patriotism and honesty. (File Photo: PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said 'chowkidar' has become synonymous with patriotism and honesty. (File Photo: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed around 25 lakh watchmen via audio conference as part of his new campaign 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' in the run-up to the Lok Sabha campaign. While interacting with them, he slammed the Congress and other opposition parties for 'chowkidar chor hai' slogan and said that it is harmful to the country. "I apologise to all chowkidars (watchmen) that some people, for their own interests, have been abusing chowkidars and saying they are chor (thief), raising questions about the dedication of chowkidars of the nation," said PM Modi. 

In a direct attack to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, PM Modi said that the opposition has not guts to name him. “Some people abusing 'chowkidar', bringing every watchman under cloud. They lacked guts to name me,” he said.

Intensifying his attack on the Congress, PM Modi said that people across the country taking a pledge to become watchmen and 'chowkidar' has become synonymous with patriotism and honesty.

Earlier, PM Modi urged his supporters to take the 'main bhi chowkidar' (I too am watchman) pledge and said he was 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.

Soon after, Gandhi mocked him and tweeted, "Defensive tweet Mr Modi! You feeling a little guilty today" while a tagging a picture of Modi along with businessmen such as Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, Anil Ambani and Gautam Adani.

The prime minister is also scheduled to interact with people, who have pledged their support to the 'Main bhi chowkidar' (I also am a watchman) campaign, from 500 places in the country on March 31.

Here are the highlights:

  Mar 20, 2019  17:30 (IST)

When our forces conducted strikes in Pakistan, some people here in the country felt the pain: PM Modi

  Mar 20, 2019  17:17 (IST)

How much ever they call us 'chor', we should continue to do our work: PM Modi

  Mar 20, 2019  17:16 (IST)

We all are proud of our Army: PM Modi 

  Mar 20, 2019  17:13 (IST)

We need to give values of Chowkidar to our children: PM Modi

  Mar 20, 2019  17:13 (IST)

You (watchmen) and I are equals, whatever is required for the country's benefit, we will do it: PM Modi 

  Mar 20, 2019  17:07 (IST)

People who support 'tukde tukde gang' are not able to fathom what our forces have done: PM Modi

  Mar 20, 2019  17:06 (IST)

Chowkidar has become synonymous with Patriotism: PM Modi

  Mar 20, 2019  17:04 (IST)

No one is recognised because of their name, they are recognised for their work, for their dedication: PM Modi 

  Mar 20, 2019  17:02 (IST)

I want to apologise as some people in the 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: PM Modi

  Mar 20, 2019  17:02 (IST)


Today every Indian is saying 'Main bhi Chowkidar': PM Modi

  Mar 20, 2019  17:00 (IST)

Maximum languages across the world have understood the word 'Chowkidar', it seems as if they all have accepted it in their vocabulary: PM Modi

  Mar 20, 2019  17:00 (IST)

I salute you all from the bottom of my heart, you work relentlessly. Because of you, the society feels safe: PM Modi

  Mar 20, 2019  16:58 (IST)

Holi is a festival of joy and our watchmen plays very important role in making it more beautiful: PM Modi 

  Mar 20, 2019  16:56 (IST)

'Chowkidars' are being talked about across the country, everyone is saying 'Main Bhi Chowkidar': PM Modi

  Mar 20, 2019  16:56 (IST)

PM Modi is interacting with 25 Lakhs security guards across the country.

First Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 04:53 PM
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