RS Prasad tears into Opposition parties for criticizing 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday slammed Congress for criticising BJP's "Main Bhi Chowkidar" campaign, saying, "Those who are on bail or have a lot to hide are opposing it".

The statement from the Union Minister came a day after Rahul Gandhi-led Congress downplayed BJP's campaign.

Further taking a dig at Congress, Prasad while addressing a press conference in New Delhi, said, "Some people are saying that watchman is for rich people. They are the same people who have looted crores from the poor."

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra yesterday while commenting on 'chowkidar' campaign of the BJP had said, "It is their choice what they want to add to their name. When I met potato farmers in western UP, one of them told me, ‘the rich have chowkidar, the farmers are their own chowkidar'."

Prasad further claimed, "BJP's MainBhiChowkidar campaign has turned into a mass revolution on social media with 1680 crore impressions and 20 lakh tweets."

In his concluding remark, the Union Minister informed that on March 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with people who have joined the 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign, at 500 locations via video conferencing.

Modi launched the "Main Bhi Chowkidar", or "I am also the watchman", campaign on Saturday. The prime minister has repeatedly referred to himself as the country's chowkidar. Modi and several leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, including Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal and Ravi Shankar Prasad, also added "chowkidar" to their Twitter handles.

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