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BJP, Cong slug it out on Twitter after PM Modi's 'Chowkidar' tweet

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For about eight hours on Saturday, the hashtag 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' of the BJP was the top trend on worldwide and its rival party, not to be left behind, began tweeting with its own 'ChowkidarChorHai' tagline.

on Saturday launched the BJP's 'Main Bhi Chowkidaar' (I too am a watchman) poll campaign by tweeting a video showing how all Indians who were fighting social evils were 'chowkidars' working for the progress of

"Your Chowkidar is standing firm and serving the nation. But, I am not alone. Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar. Everyone working hard for the progress of is a Chowkidar. Today, every Indian is saying-#MainBhiChowkidar," he wrote on his handle early Saturday morning.

The tweet was 'liked' by over 11 lakh people and soon started to trend in the first position in globally according to website, which monitors trends in and other countries.

The then tweeted "Important message to Modi: #IndiaBewakoofNahiHai sabko pata hai you are the one & only #SuitBootKaChowkidaar." (India is not foolish, everyone knows that you are the one and only suit and boot chowkidaar)

too responded to Modi's tweet with one of his own that posed a question to the "defensive" asking whether he "was feeling a little guilty today?" Gandhi accompanied his tweet with a photograph of along with Nirav Modi, and among others.

The Congress on its handle then put out a tweet accompanied by hashtag of 'ChowkidarChorHai' and a picture of a tweet in which apparently is seen replying to handles such as '@AmbaniKaChela' and '@niiravmodi', apparently misleading accounts on the microblogging site referring to and wanted The Congress seemed to taunt the BJP with its tweet, "It's great to see that Modi is still in touch with his buddies."

BJP in a swift response said the Congress had for decades resorted to dishonesty and deceit and that the rival party's had tweeted a photoshopped image.

BJP tweeted, "Dear @INCIndia, Dishonesty, deceit, photoshopped images and fake news is your identity. For decades, your leaders have used those techniques to loot, plunder and ruin India. It is against this Congress culture that India stands vigilant and says #MainBhiChowkidar."

The to and fro riling between the parties continued as Congress put out another tweet: "Dear BJP, We're sorry your campaign backfired. We sympathise with your & frustration. Maybe you should make an effort to be real than rely on bots. Feel hugged. Love, From the party that fought for your freedom," Congress tweeted with the tagline #EkHiChowkidarChorHai.

Congress leaders have often targetted the BJP-led central government and for allegedly favouring in the fighter jet deal and also aiding the such as Nirav Modi, and Vijay Mallya, who have been accused of defrauding Indian banks.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 05:39 IST