Congress leader and Patidar activist Hardik Patel has triggered a massive controversy amid the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, that he will go to Nepal if he wants to find "Chowkidar (security guards), while targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the "Chowkidar" narrative. Speaking to media after casting his vote on Tuesday, Hardik Patel made a distasteful remark against PM Modi, saying that he wants a Prime Minister in the country and not a Chowkidar.
"Chowkidaar dhoondhna hoga toh mein Nepal chala jaaunga, mujhe desh mein Prime Minister chahiye jo iss desh ke arthvyavastha ko, shiksha ko, yuvaon, jawanon ko mazboot kar sake. Mujhe chowkidar nahi pradhan mantri chahiye(If I want to find Chowkidar, I will go to Nepal. I want a Prime Minister for the country who can provide strong economy, youth, education, and forces. I don't want a Chowkidar, I want a Prime Minister)," Hardik Patel said.
Hardik Patel cast his vote at a polling booth in Surendranagar constituency in Gujarat on April 23.
The Opposition Congress party has been targeting PM Modi and BJP's "Main bhi Chowkidar" campaign with Rahul Gandhi and other leaders sloganeering "Chowkidar Chor Hai".
Earlier on March 19, Congress' star campaigner for Gujarat Hardik Patel was slapped while addressing his Jan Akrosh Sabha at Surendranagar in the state.
A day after he was slapped, a scuffle broke out at his public meeting in Ahmedabad on April 20.
Hardik Patel had joined the Congress just weeks before the Lok Sabha polls began, finally putting the 3-year-long speculation over his political affiliation to rest. However, his own plans to contest the 2019 polls were put to a stop after the Gujarat High Court refused to stay his conviction in a 2015 rioting case rendering him ineligible. However, he has been extensively campaigning for his party in multiple parts of Gujarat.
Meanwhile, polling is underway in all 26 Lok Sabha seats of Gujarat on Tuesday. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.