MJ Akbar removes 'chowkidar' from Twitter handle after users troll him for taking part in BJP campaign, adds it again

FP Staff

A day after former Union minister accused of sexual harassment, MJ Akbar was trolled by Twitterati for supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's '#MainBhiChowkidar' campaign, the #MeToo accused briefly removed the 'chowkidar' prefix from his Twitter handle on Tuesday.

A Twitter user pointed out that Akbar had briefly removed 'Chowkidar' from his Twitter handle, but added it back just hours later.

Modi launched the #MainBhiChowkidar campaign on Saturday, following which Akbar tweeted in solidarity the next day.

Promoting  the campaign, Akbar in his tweet, pledged to help create a "new India". "I am proud to join #MainBhiChowkidar movement. As a citizen who loves India, I shall do my best to defeat corruption, dirt, poverty & terrorism and help create a New India which is strong, secure and prosperous," the tweet read.

However, he was mocked by several activists and individuals. Several activists and even the general Twitterati subjected Akbar to major trolling, with some making puns and others shaming the serial sexual offender. Actor Renuka Shahane said, "If you are also a chowkidar, then women are definitely unsafe."

1552902043_FirstCutByManjul18032019akbar

It is to be noted that although Akbar resigned after at least 20 women accused him of sexual misconduct, he is still a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Several Union ministers, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also used the prefix 'chowkidar' to their Twitter handles.

Also See: #MeTooChowkidar: Twitterati slams MJ Akbar for participating in BJP's 'Main bhi chowkidar' campaign

Haryana Minister mocks Congress after Rahul Gandhi's dig at 'Chowkidar' campaign, asks workers to add 'Pappu' to their names

Narendra Modi kickstarts BJP campaign with ‘main bhi chowkidar’ pledge; Rahul Gandhi calls it 'defensive' move

Read more on India by Firstpost.