Once again former union minister and BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s kept his party leadership in embarrassment by making irksome comment on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious poll campaign “Main Bhi chowkidar”. His explanation that why he had not taken part in this party’s campaign is going viral on social media, ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
“I am a Brahmin, I can’t be a ‘chowkidar’ (security guard),” he said in an interview to a news channel. “I will give directions and ‘chowkidars’ have to do it.” It was his explanation on why he didn’t change the name to Chowkidar.
It may be recalled that last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged citizens and voters to take part in his “Main Bhi Chowkidar” campaign, saying he is not alone in the fight against graft and social evils. Modi has frequently described himself as a “chowkidar” who would neither allow corruption nor allow himself to be corrupted.
Modi had also added the prefix “chowkidar” to his Twitter handle. Several Union ministers, including Smriti Irani, Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj, had also followed suit.A clip from the interview, where Swamy is seen explaining his rational went viral on social media.
He also claimed that neither Modi nor Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley understood economics. In an apparent backhanded compliment, Swamy said he did not understand why Modi says India is the fifth-largest economy in the world when, as per scientifically acceptable procedures for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) calculations, the Indian economy is the third largest behind the United States and China.