NEW DELHI: Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the rise in COVID-19 cases, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the government had asked people to become "aatmanirbhar" which means they should save their lives themselves as the prime minister was "busy with peacocks".
Gandhi has been critical of the government over the handling of the COVID crisis and accused it of failing to tackle the situation.
The government has dismissed all such claims in the past.
In a tweet, Gandhi said coronavirus infections will cross 50 lakh this week and active cases the 10 lakh mark.
कोरोना संक्रमण के आँकड़े इस हफ़्ते 50 लाख और ऐक्टिव केस 10 लाख पार हो जाएँगे।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 14, 2020
अनियोजित लॉकडाउन एक व्यक्ति के अहंकार की देन है जिससे कोरोना देशभर में फैल गया।
मोदी सरकार ने कहा आत्मनिर्भर बनिए यानि अपनी जान ख़ुद ही बचा लीजिए क्योंकि PM मोर के साथ व्यस्त हैं।
"Unplanned lockdown is the product of one person's ego and because of it coronavirus has spread throughout the country," he said in the tweet in Hindi.
"Modi government said become 'aatmanirbhar' (self-sufficient) which means save your life yourself because the PM is busy with peacocks," Gandhi added in a clear reference to a recent video showing the prime minister feeding peacocks.
The former Congress chief is accompanying his mother Sonia Gandhi during her travel to the US for a routine medical check-up.
India's COVID-19 case tally crossed 48 lakh on Monday with 92,071 new infections being reported in a day as the death toll climbed to 79,722 with 1,136 people succumbing to the infection.