Modi, BJP leaders add "Chowkidar" to Twitter names

Modi, BJP leaders add "Chowkidar" to Twitter names

M J Akbar joins in on the trend

In the wake of the #MainBhiChowkidar campaign started by Narendra Modi to appeal to voters to vote for him in the upcoming general elections, he and a number of high-ranking BJP leaders and cabinet ministers have added "Chowkidar" (guardsman) to their Twitter handles.

Among the ministers who have added the "Chowkidar" prefix to their names are BJP chief Amit Shah, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan.

BJP chief Amit Shah, to commemorate his "Chowkidar" prefix, said: "He who made a clean government, he is chowkidar. Say it from your heart, #ChowkidarPhirSe"



Among those who joined in on the "Chowkidar" trend was M J Akbar, the former minister who was tangled in the #MeToo controversy last year.



The #MainBhiChowkidar campaign came as a counter to Congress' #ChowkidarChorHai campaign, which was aimed to highlight the BJP government's alleged corruption. The Congress has repeatedly targeted the BJP and Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal and the fleeing of Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya among other issues.