‘Berojgar Hardik Patel’: Patidar leader mocks PM Modi’s ‘Mai Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign

The twitter handle of Hardik Patel, who joined the Congress in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat recently, now reads as: "Berojgar Hardik Patel".

‘Berojgar Hardik Patel’: Patidar leader mocks PM Modi’s ‘Mai Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign
Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who recently joined the Congress, on Monday prefixed his twitter handle with the word "Berojgar" (jobless) to mock the BJP's "Main Bhi Chowkidar" campaign on the social media.
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 18 Mar 2019 10:21 PM
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who recently joined the Congress, on Monday mocked the BJP's "Main Bhi Chowkidar" campaign on the social media.
  • Hardik Patel prefixed his twitter handle with the word "Berojgar" (jobless).
  • The twitter handle of the Patidar quota spearhead now reads as: "Berojgar Hardik Patel".
NEW DELHI: Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who recently joined the Congress, on Monday prefixed his twitter handle with the word "Berojgar" (jobless) to mock the BJP's "Main Bhi Chowkidar" campaign on the social media. The twitter handle of the Patidar quota spearhead now reads as: "Berojgar Hardik Patel".

Gujarat Congress IT cell vice president Hiren Banker, according to PTI, said that several Congress workers are adding "Berojgar" to their Twitter handles. However, he also clarified that the Congress is yet to officially adopt the 'Berojgar' campaign.


The 'Berojgar' began trending Sunday when several youths added the new nomenclature to their twitter handles. "Several workers of Congress have also joined the 'campaign' and the engagement is increasing. However, we have not yet officially adopted this," Banker said, adding that the Congress would adopt the "Berojgar" campaign after consulting party officials.



The Congress is countering the BJP's 'MainBhiChowkidar' hashtag, which was trending on the micro-blogging site since this morning, with its 'ChowkidarChorHai' hashtag.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Saturday urged his supporters to take the 'main bhai chowkidar' (I too am watchman) pledge, saying he is not alone in the fight against graft and social evils. He also posted a video with the same title on Twitter, saying: "Your Chowkidar is standing firm and serving the nation."

The campaign counters Congress President Rahul Gandhi's repeated attacks on Modi and his government over various alleged malhandling of economic and defence deals and situations, with the slogan - "Chowkidar Chor Hai (watchman is a thief)".

"Five years ago, Chowkidar said he wanted to fight corruption. He said he wanted to make it a 'Congress-mukt Bharat'. Today, the slogan of 'Acche Din Aayenge' has changed to 'Chowkidar Chor Hai'," Gandhi has been repeating at rallies.

Gandhi latched on to the word "Chowkidar" as Modi, during the 2014 Lok Sabha campaigning, promised to work as a "Chowkidar" to guard people's money and their trust once elected.

(With inputs from PTI)

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