Congress President Rahul Gandhi today asserted that he is still stand by his remark “chowkidar chor hai”. Addressing the media in New Delhi, he said he only apologised to the Supreme Court for this remark as the matter is sub judice and any comment on the matter was unwarranted.
However, he said he neither has apologised to the Prime Minister, nor the BJP for this remark. “Also ‘chor’ comment now reverberates throughout the country. The remark stands. Anywhere you go and prompt ‘chowkidar’ people will get back with ‘chor hai’,” he added.
“There is a process is going on in the Supreme Court and I made a comment attributed to SC so I apologised. I did not apologise to the BJP or Modi ji. ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ will remain our slogan,” he said.
He was responding to a question over his apology to the Supreme Court earlier this week when he was pulled up by the court for his comment as well as his response to the court. The apex court had pulled up the Congress President even after he verbally apologised and has given him a third chance to mend his action.
Refuting Prime Minister Modi’s tall claims on listing Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by UN, Rahul Gandhi asked “Who sent Masood Azhar to Pakistan”. “Strictest of actions should be taken against Masood Azhar, but who sent him back to Pakistan? Who bowed down to terror and released him ? Not the Congress, but it was the BJP Govt,”, he added.
The Congress does not politicise the army, Rahul Gandhi said, and it is not anyone’s property as Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioned the Congress’ claims that the UPA government had carried out six surgical strikes during its tenure.
“The army, air force or navy are not the personal property of Narendra Modi ji like he thinks. When he says that surgical strikes during the UPA were done in video games then he is not insulting Congress but the army,” Gandhi said.
Rahul Gandhi said that now it is clear that the BJP is losing in the Lok Sabha election 2019 and is conducting a “panicky campaign”. “More than half of the elections are over and there is clear cut feeling that Modiji is losing … Our general assessment is clearly saying that BJP is losing the elections,” he said. “The reality is that Modiji is losing the elections and it’s visible on his face,” he added.