Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day after all the BJP leaders in the country prefixed ‘Chowkidar’ (watchman) to their Twitter handles.

Mayawati, whose party is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh in alliance with Samajwadi Party, said that BJP’s profile name change is only to gain votes.

“Ignoring the philosophy of simple living and high thinking, a man (Modi) who lives a regal life had advertised himself as ‘Chaiwala’ in the last Lok Sabha elections,” she wrote in a tweet in Hindi.

“The same person has pronounced himself a ‘Chowkidar’ with great pomp and show in these elections only to seek votes. My country is actually changing?” Mayawati tweeted.


The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader mentioned that the change occured only after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched the “Main Bhi Chowkidar” campaign.

“After BJP launch ‘Mai Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign, PM Modi & others added the prefix ‘Chowkidar’ to their Twitter handles,” she pointed out in a second tweet.

“So now Narendra Modi is Chowkidar & no more a ‘Chaiwala’ which he was at the time of last LS election. What a change India is witnessing under BJP rule. Bravo!” she concluded.


The PM and nearly all the prominent faces of the government as well as BJP leaders across the country used ‘Chowkidar’ as a prefix to their names.

Modi last week tweeted a video with the hashtag ‘#MainBhiChowkidar’ (I am also a watchman) and called all those fighting corruption and social evils as ‘watchmen’.