If I want ‘chowkidar’, I’ll go to Nepal – Congress leader Hardik Patel
While PM Modi and BJP are adamant at making the ‘chowkidar’ tag stick with foreseeable success; opposition is unable to get over the apparent masterstroke.
- Congress’ youth leader Hardik Patel took a jibe at the PM saying that he would go to Nepal if he wanted to find a ‘chowkidar’
- Patel led the state-wide agitation in Gujarat in 2015 demanding reservation benefits for the Patidar community
- Patel is a vocal critic of Modi ‘s stance as a ‘chowkidar’ – and tagged himself as berozgar (unemployed) during the PM’s campaign
- Patel joined the Congress in March but was barred from contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha polls
- Gujarat High Court had rejected Patel’s plea seeking a stay on his conviction in the 2015 Mehsana riots case to contest the elections
After casting his vote in Gujarat, the controversial communal leader Hardik Patel said:
“I will go to Nepal if I want to find a watchman. I want a Prime Minister who can strengthen the economy, youth, education and our jawans. I don’t want a chowkidar, I want a Prime Minister,”
Gujarat will see 371 candidates contest for 26 Lok Sabha seats. 45 candidates are contesting the by-polls for four Assembly seats.