G20 Summit | Govt hiding poor people, animals from guests: Rahul Gandhi
The Congress shared a video on X showing some slum areas being covered with green sheets ahead of the two-day summit that ends on Sunday.
The Congress on Saturday (September 9) accused the Modi government of covering up or razing slums and rounding up stray animals amid the G20 summit, with its leader Rahul Gandhi saying "there is no need to hide India's reality from our guests."
The Congress shared a video on X, formerly Twitter, showing some slum areas being covered with green sheets ahead of the two-day summit that will end on Sunday.
"The government of India is hiding our poor people and animals. There is no need to hide India's reality from our guests," Rahul, who is now abroad, said in a post.
Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh also attacked the prime minister.
"G20 is intended to be a productive gathering of the major world economies, aimed at dealing with global problems in a cooperative manner,” Ramesh said in a statement.
“President Putin may have stayed away but Prince Potemkin has been in full display with slums being either covered up or demolished, rendering thousands homeless. Stray animals have been cruelly rounded up and mistreated, only to burnish the PM's image," he added.
The Congress also shared videos of cruelty to stray dogs and animals ahead of the summit.
"The government considers us insects. Are we not humans?" asked a slum resident whose video the Congress shared.
"Before G20, Modi government has covered their houses with curtains to hide its failure. Because the king hates the poor," the opposition party said on its X handle.
"Watch this video to witness the shocking cruelty inflicted upon innocent street dogs by the Modi government in preparation for the G20 summit.
"Dogs are being dragged by their necks, beaten with sticks and thrown into cages. They are being denied food and water, and they are being subjected to extreme stress and fear," it said.
"It is imperative that we raise our voices against such appalling acts and demand justice for these voiceless victims," the party said.