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‘Chowkidar’ online campaign a hit: BJP

PM to interact with recruits on March 31

The BJP on Tuesday claimed that the Twitter hashtag campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi three days ago, #MainBhiChowkidar (I too am a guard), has been a massive online hit, and that some of the new recruits to this campaign would interact with him on March 31 via videoconference.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, while stating this at a press conference here, also trained his guns at the opposition Congress, saying “only those out on bail” — a reference to Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who are on bail in the National Herald case — were opposing the campaign.

“The ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign has become a people's movement and a global trend. But some people are opposing it. These are people who are born in affluence and are out on bail. They have things to hide,” he said.

During a rally in Karnataka on Monday, Mr. Gandhi had criticised the social media campaign saying that PM Modi came up with it after he was “caught stealing public money”.

Top BJP leaders added the ‘chowkidar’ prefix to their Twitter handles after the PM launched the campaign on Saturday.

Mr. Prasad said over 1 crore people from all walks of life have pledged their support to the ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign.

The BJP is hoping that the slogan/hashtag would catch on like the “chaiwallah” jab of the 2014 general election.

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