Congress President Rahul Gandhi has expressed a sense of regret to the Supreme Court for his ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rahul Gandhi mentioned that the remark was made in the heat of campaigning.
“The statement was made in the heat of political campaigning,” Rahul Gandhi said in his reply to the Supreme Court. Rahul Gandhi apologised in his reply to the Supreme Court notice in connection with a contempt petition filed against him by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the Rafale controversy.
The BJP had filed a petition in the Supreme Court after the Congress president hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally with ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remark.
After the Supreme Court announced its decision to allow leaked Rafale documents to review a previous judgment, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had claimed a moral victory and said the court has made it clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “committed theft”.
“The Supreme Court has made it clear that chowkidarji (watchman) has committed a theft,” Rahul Gandhi had told reporters during his rally in Amethi. The SC bench had issued a clarification that it had not made any remarks regarding the Prime Minister’s role in the Rafale deal.
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi had filed the criminal contempt petition in the Supreme Court against Rahul Gandhi and pleaded that the Congress president had deliberately misinterpreted the court’s April 10 order which allowed “leaked” Defence ministry documents to be taken on record.
“He is representing his personal statements as a Supreme Court order and is trying to create a prejudicial image in the minds of the public,” Meenakshi Lekhi had said.
The bench had then asked Rahul Gandhi to give “an explanation” for his statement by April 22.
Congress President and its other party leaders now and then uses the phrase ‘Chowkidar Chor hai’ in their speeches, it’s not something new for them, but giving a judgmental remarks after the apex Court’s order landed them in trouble.
Making sexist remarks against opponents has become a trend in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and it has been noticed that some leaders are crossing their limits while addressing a political rally, for instance you can see Azam Khan, who had used ‘Khaki Underwear’ remark against his opponent Jaya Prada, who is contesting against him from Rampur.