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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas event: Row after video shows BJP spraying ‘green colour’ on dry grass before Modi visit

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi greets during the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention in Indore in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Monday, January 9, 2023. Guyana president Dr Mohammed Irfan Ali, Suriname president Chandrikapersad Santokhi, Indian external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and other dignitaries are also present on the stage. (ANI Photo/ Shrikant Singh)

By: Shubham Ghosh

Amid the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Non-resident Indian Day) convention underway in Indore in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, a video purportedly showing green colour being sprayed on dry grass at a crossing in the host city has gone viral on social media, prompting the opposition Indian National Congress to target prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over it.

The BJP, however, claimed whenever good work takes place in the country, the Congress is not happy with it.

Indian Youth Congress president B V Srinivas on Sunday (8) shared the video on Twitter.

“Unimaginable, unbelievable pictures… Before the Prime Minister’s visit to Indore, the BJP government painted the grass green to make Indore green. Waw Shivraj wah!!” the Congress leader tweeted in Hindi, targeting Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his BJP government in the state.

Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) officials could not be reached for a response over the video.

However, Madhya Pradesh BJP spokesperson Narendra Saluja on Monday (9) said, “Indore, which has got a big opportunity to host the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention, has been decorated in a very short span of time and this is causing pain in the stomach of the Congress.”

Saluja claimed whenever any good work takes place in the country, the Congress is not happy with it.

(PTI)

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