Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led “Main Be Chowkidar” (Me too watchman) campaign on social media, Akbaruddin Owaisi, MLA from Telangana and Brother of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said on Monday that he would give a cap in Modi’s hand and put a whistle around his neck if Modi wanted to be a watchman.
Addressing a campaign rally Hyderabad ahead of the April-May Lok Sabah polls, Akbaruddin Owaisi said, “Sometimes he becomes a tea seller, other times an ascetic… When he said he is a tea seller, I said I would supply a teapot and tea leaves and now if he really wants to be a watchman, I promise to put a cap in his head and a whistle around his neck.”
Akbaruddin Owaisi represents the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party in the Telangana assembly.
Rahul Gandhi had coined the slogan “chowkidaar chor hai” (watchman is a thief) while accusing Modi of corruption in the Rafale deal. On March 16, PM Modi prefixed ‘chowkidaar’ to his Twitter handle in a counter step that proved hugely successful as millions of twitter handles, including that of Union ministers and other prominent people, appeared with the prefix, chowkidaar’.
Akbaruddin Owaisi demanded that Narendra Modi should mention ‘Chowkidar’ in his Aadhaar card and passport as well.
Akbaruddin Owaisi made it to headlines some years ago when a video of his speech went viral. In teh video, he threw a challenge to Indian establishment to withdraw police protection for 15 minutes to see the strength of 25 crore Muslims vis-à-vis 100 crore Hindus.