The IPL cricket event turned in to political platform caused major embarrassment to ruling benches in Delhi
Kings XI Punjab defeated Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs on Monday during their inaugural IPL encounter in Jaipur. But the match became a topic of intense social media conversations after video of spectators chanting chowkidar chor hai slogans during the match went viral.
Many BJP supporters’ claimed , the video being shared on social media is doctored.
But link to the original video, available of the hotstar website. proved other way around .
In the match, when Kings XI Punjab were batting at 169 for 3 in the 19th over of the match, suddenly a section of the crowd began to chant chowkidar chor hai slogans. The chant gained momentum as Jaydev Unadkat of Rajasthan Royals returned to start his bowling against Ankit Rajpoot.
It is to be noted Congress President Rahul Gandhi is credited with coining the slogan chowkidar chor hai in a bid to highlight Modi’s involvement in the Rafale scam.
Gandhi had accused Modi of personally intervening in the Rafale deal to help his billionaire businessman friend Anil Ambani, whose newly formed defence company was preferred over the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to become the Indian offset partner of Dassault Aviation, the manufacturers of Rafale jets.
Modi had won the 2014 elections by claiming that he would function as the country’s chowkidar (watchman).
But his stint as India’s prime minister saw several high profile financial scandals as many billionaire businessmen including Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi fled India after defaulting on thousands of crores of bank loans.
No sooner did the clip go viral, social media users began to take a to highlight the prevailing mood against the BJP government across India.