Hours after tendering an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court for his 'chowkidar chor hai' jibe on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that the Congress party never coined the term 'Chowkidar Chor Hai'.
Addressing a poll rally in Madhya Pradesh's Bhind, Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal and claimed that the youth of the nation coined the jibe 'chowkidar chor hai'.
He said: "Mediapersons asked me where did it come from? I told them that while addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh, I said the chowkidar promised two crore jobs to the youth and assured Rs. 15 lakh will be deposited in bank accounts of each Indian. As I was speaking, I said Chowkidar and around 10-15 young men in the rally said 'chor hai'. First time I was unable to hear, so I said tell me what did you say, so they shouted again 'chor hai'. Congress party has not coined this, this is a slogan by India's youth, India's farmers, India's labourers."
He then reiterated his claim by narrating an incident. He said: "A few days back I was in Delhi, I was at a traffic signal, auto rickshaw driver looked at me and said 'chowkidar chor hai (chowkidar is chor).
On Wednesday, Republic TV accessed the third affidavit filed by Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the Supreme Court over the contempt of court petition moved against him by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi for misattributing his 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' attack to its order in the Rafale review petitions.
The affidavit contained his 'unconditional apology' after the Supreme Court bench said that it was unsatisfied with the 'expression of regret' that Rahul Gandhi had made earlier citing that the remarks in question had been made 'in the heat of political campaigning'.
Meanwhile, BJP MP Lekhi who had filed a petition against Rahul Gandhi told Republic TV that the apology alone was not enough. She also slammed the Congress for believing that it could get away with such acts.
"It's not enough from my perspective, but the court has to take its call. We are demanding that it's a serious offence, which they tried to justify. After being rebuked by the Supreme Court, they've filed another affidavit. Under these circumstances, these people will think they will get away from this and law will never catch up with them. They do not understand what is the role of the court in democracy and all these things, the present atmosphere building against the court. This is a vindication of my petition," she had said.