Amid the Congress-led opposition taking jibes at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘main bhi chowkidar’ campaign, Haryana minister and senior BJP leader on Tuesday said that the Congress workers should add prefix “Pappu” to their names, a term used by the BJP to mock Rahul Gandhi.
“You have a problem with us adding chowkidar to our names. You should add prefix Pappu to your names and we will have no objection,” Vij tweeted in Hindi.
This comes a day after both Rahul and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi targeted PM Modi over the newly-launched campaign. Rahul said PM Modi was attempting to convert the whole country into chowkidar after being "caught", while Priyanka said chowkidar are only for the rich not the poor.
"Unki (Prime Minister) marzi apne naam ke aage kya lagaen. Mujhe ek kisan bhai ne kaha ki 'dekhiye chowkidaar toh ameeron ke hotey hain, hum kisan toh apney khud chowkidaar hotey hain ("It is up to him what prefix he uses in his name. Yesterday I met a group of farmers. One of them told me, chowkidars are for the rich. We farmers are our own chowkidars)," Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said.
Rahul, who has been targeting the PM with "Chowkidar chor hai" (watchman is a thief) jibe alleging corruption in Rafale fighter jet deal, said, "Chowkidar was caught indulging in theft and as he was caught, chowkidar says the whole of Hindustan is chowkidar."
"But before getting caught, the entire Hindustan was not chowkidar," said Gandhi.
The prime minister on Saturday urged his supporters to take the 'main bhi chowkidar' (I too am watchman) pledge, saying he is 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," he wrote on Twitter.