Congress President Rahul Gandhi has often criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling him a thief. His line chowkidar chor hai has become a buzzword among his supporters in the Congress. Gandhi has used the line to drive home a point that Modi was personally involved in corruption. But, on Monday, even Modi’s ally, the Shiv Sena, used the same line to launch a veiled attack against the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uddhav Thackeray invoking the slogan during a rally in Maharashtra.
Although, Gandhi has used the slogan in the context of the Rafale deal, Uddhav Thackeray, according to news agency PTI, used the line while narrating a story.
“In one of the state tours, a farmer showed me a pest-infested lime tree. The lime tree is actually used to make pesticides but this was a plant that was infested with pest. The farmer told me that for the first time in his lifetime, he had seen a lime tree getting infested, which they have been using to make pesticides. I had told him that now, days have changed. Security persons have become thieves.”
“Halli paharekarich chorya karaylaa laagale aahet. (Today, security persons have themselves become thieves),” he said in Marathi. Thackeray and his party have been very critical of the BJP and PM Modi despite being a part of the BJP-led NDA.
Gandhi too had recently told reporters, “Dear farmers, please remembers, your loans are going to be waived off in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. These thieves have taken your money. Whole of India know that Chowkidar chor hai. I will prove it that India’s prime minister is the friend of Anil Ambani and he’s helped Anil Ambani commit the theft (in Rafale deal).”
Recently, a qawwali using Chowkidar Hi Chor Hai line had gone viral on social media.