‘Only the rich have chowkidar’: Priyanka’s jibe at BJP’s slogan

‘Only the rich have chowkidar’: Priyanka’s jibe at BJP’s slogan
Priyanka addresses a public rally during her party’s campaign in UP.
NEW DELHI MAR 18 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/18/2019 11:08:42 AM IST

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to add “chowkidar” (watchman) to his Twitter handle. She said a farmer had told her that only the rich have a security guard or watchman.

Modi launched the “Main Bhi Chowkidar”, or “I am also the watchman”, campaign on Saturday. The prime minister has repeatedly referred to himself as the country’s chowkidar. Modi and several leaders of the BJP across India also added the “chowkidar” prefix to their Twitter handles.

Seeking to navigate the Congress towards regaining its political moorings in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka on Monday began her ‘Ganga Yatra’ on boat with a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged voters to bring in a government that works for them.

Addressing the people at Sirsa Ghat and other places where she halted during the boat-ride, Priyanka took a swipe at Modi’s “main bhi chowkidar’ campaign, saying “chowkidars are for the rich, not for farmers”, and alleged that the issues of religion and caste are being raised as the government has failed on the development front.

Citing BJP’s promises which have remained “unfulfilled”, she asked: “Have two crore jobs been given...has our prime minister ever come here...he has been travelling all over the world.” “They think that by misleading you all they will remain in power. All institutions are being destroyed...the country cannot run like this...,” she said. “I could have also sat at home. I have come out as the country is in danger, the country’s Constitution is in vote wisely,” Priyanka said.

“We have the intention, not ‘jumley’ (rhetoric) and we worked and showed it in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on loan waiver promise,” she said.


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