PM changes name on Twitter to 'Chowkidar' Narendra Modi; Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal follow suit

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 17, 2019, 12.05 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday changed his name on his Twitter profile to 'Chowkidar' Narendra Modi, and a number of BJP bigwigs including party president Amit Shah and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal followed suit. 

Modi had first referred to himself as the chowkidar (watchman) of the nation in the run-up to the 2014 general elections. "Na khaoonga, na khaane doonga (I will not be corrupt, I will not let others be corrupt)," he had said then.  

"Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation," Modi had tweeted on Saturday. 

"But, I am not alone," he said. "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 added. 

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The others to add the prefix 'Chowkidar' to their Twitter profiles Sunday included BJP president Amit Shah, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, and Health Minister JP Nadda. 

"As Chowkidars of our nation, we are committed to creating a clean economy by using cashless financial transactions," Goyal tweeted. 

"The menace of corruption and black money has adversely affected us for decades. Time to eliminate these for a better future," he added. 

Modi's adding of the prefix 'Chowkidar' to his name on Twitter is being seen as a response to Congress president Rahul Gandhi's allegation that "Chowkidar chor hai". 

Rahul has for some time now been attacking Modi over the Rafale deal, especially the choosing of Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as an offset partner of Dassault Aviation — the French manufacturer of the Rafales — considering Ambani's firm has no experience in the defence or aerospace industries.