‘Chowkidar’ is the buzzword on the 2019 election campaign trail

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The humble chowkidar – watchman in Hindi – is getting attention like never before in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared himself a chowkidar who is standing firm serving the nation as he rolled out his He changed his name on the social media platform to include it, a move that prompted senior leaders of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and their supporters to do the same. Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a chowkidar. His main opponent, Rahul Gandhi of the Congress Party, retweeted an image consisting of photos of Modi and fugitive tycoons Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi among others. Gandhi addressed rallies across some northern Indian cities on Sunday with a separate chowkidar slogan – Gandhi also accused the prime minister of being complicit in alleged corruption in the decision to purchase Rafale fighter jets from France. The government has denied Gandhi Modi has countered that previous Congress Party Social platforms such as Facebook, its messaging service WhatsApp, Google3 billion people readies for election. The Election Commission has called executives from Facebook, Google, Twitter and other social platforms for a meeting on Tuesday to discuss election-related fake news and bogus videos trending on their networks. The vote is spread over six weeks because of the daunting logistics of polling the world It kicks off on April 11 and results will be announced on May 23. Tackling Rising Hate Speech in the World About 450 million Indians own a smartphone, 300 million use Facebook, and over 200 million send messages on WhatsApp and over 30 million Indians are on Twitter. Also read: \u2018Chowkidar Narendra Modi\u2019: Prime Minister changes Twitter name, Amit Shah, Union ministers follow suit

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