The Congress and BJP engaged in another Twitter battle on Saturday, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official handle shared a tweet by a parody account of Nirav Modi. The retweet thanked Nirav Modi for his “participation” in the #MainBhiChowkidar movement.
The tweet tagging “@niiravmodi” was deleted later.
After Congress leaders and other politicians and social media users pointed out the gaffe, BJP was quick was accuse the grand old party of sharing “photoshopped images”.
Dishonesty, deceit, photoshopped images and fake news is your identity.
For decades, your leaders have used those techniques to loot, plunder and ruin India.
— BJP (@BJP4India) March 16, 2019
The Congress responded:
Dear BJP, We’re sorry your campaign backfired. We sympathise with your pain & frustration. Maybe you should make an effort to be real than rely on bots Feel hugged Love, From the party that fought for your freedom P.S #EkHiChowkidarChorHai 😉 https://t.co/2LtfDwIFPW — Congress (@INCIndia) March 16, 2019
Congress IT cell head Divya Spandana had on Saturday posted a screenshot on Twitter which showed a tweet from Modi's handle thanking the parody account @niiravmodi for "participation" in the #MainBhiChowkidar movement.
Modi ji why did you delete the tweet? Hahaha! #ChowkidaarChorHai Agar aap chowkidar ho sakte hain to Nirav Modi kyun nahin? pic.twitter.com/NP8AKogmOC — Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) March 16, 2019
Spandana called the saffron party "Bot Janata Party", claiming that the prime minister's Twitter handle was thanking any handle which mentioned the #MainBhiChowkidar hashtag, even if it was mentioned in a negative light and was posted sarcastically by a parody account. Another Congress leader also jumped at the opportunity and said that the #MainBhiChowkidar "movement" could not run without "active participation of Nirav Modi & 'Mehul Bhai'".
Can't even imagine how @narendramodi ji would run Main Bhi Chowkidar Movement without active participation of Nirav Modi & 'Mehul Bhai'. 'Chowkidari' for @BJP4India means protecting theives & fraudsters, while they loot and scoot hard earned money of people ! #ChowkidarChorHai pic.twitter.com/qF2YRHUYJH — Saral Patel (@SaralPatel) March 16, 2019
Other spokespersons Sanjay Jha and Priyanka Chaturvedi also mocked BJP over the issue.
Odisha Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik expressed surprise at the fact that the "chowkidar" was thanking him for a tweet mocking the #MainBhiChowkidar hashtag.
National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also reacted on this issue on Twitter.
Did the PM really just tweet Nirav Modi’s twitter handle to ask him to promote his chowkidar slogan? — Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 16, 2019
Earlier on Saturday, Modi had urged his supporters to take the 'main bhi chowkidar' 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 — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 16, 2019
Modi has often described himself as a "chowkidar" who would neither allow corruption nor get corrupted himself.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been repeatedly hurling the "chowkidar chor hai" jibe at Modi to claim irregularities and favouritism in the Rafale fighter jet deal, a charge the BJP-led government has rejected.
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Mar 17, 2019 09:23:53 IST