Hours after filing his affidavit to the Supreme Court over his remarks in connection with the top court’s Rafale judgment, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that the people’s court, on May 23, will prove that the “lotus brand chowkidar” is indeed a thief.
Taking to the micro-blogging site Twitter, Gandhi said, “On May 23, it will be decided in the people’s court that the ‘lotus brand chowkidar’ (kamalchap chowkidar) is indeed the thief. Justice will be done. The chowkidar who has looted from the poor and profited his rich friends will be punished.”
23 मई को जनता की अदालत में फैसला होकर रहेगा कि कमलछाप चौकीदार ही चोर है।
न्याय होकर रहेगा।
गरीबों से लूटकर अमीर मित्रों को लाभ देने वाले चौकीदार को सज़ा मिलेगी। #ChowkidarChorHai
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 22, 2019
These remarks came just a few hours after Gandhi admitted misquoting the apex court over “Chowkidar Chor Hai” remark, saying he had made the statement in the heat of political campaigning which was misused by his political opponents. He said he had no intention to lower the dignity of the apex court.
The Supreme Court, on April 10, rejected the government’s objections to maintainability of the petitions seeking a review of its Rafale judgment and allowed leaked documents to be relied upon by petitioners seeking the review.
In this context, Gandhi had said, “Supreme Court ne clear kar diya hai ki chowkidarji ne chori karwai.” (Supreme Court has made it clear that chowkidarji got the theft done.)
The apex court had sought an explanation from the Congress chief after BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi filed a contempt petition, seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against him.
The results of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls will be announced on May 23.