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Fact check : Are Armored Vehicle Purchases Linked To The G20 Summit 2023

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Some sources state that “Indian Government’s Acquisition of 50 Bulletproof Audi Cars for G20 Summit Raises Questions on Expenditure” has caught attention on social media platforms. 

G20 Summit

Source: India TV

Saket Gokhale, a Member of Parliament from the TMC, recently took to Twitter to share a concerning revelation. In his tweet, he shared a news article from DNA, alleging that the Indian government’s preparations for the upcoming G20 summit included the acquisition of a substantial fleet of 50 bulletproof Audi cars.

G20 Summit

Source: Car Blog India

According to the report, this procurement endeavor was projected to incur a staggering expense exceeding Rs 400 crore. Accompanying the tweet was a pointed hashtag: “#ModiGovtsPREvent”. This development has quickly sparked discussions regarding the allocation of funds and the priorities of the government in light of the high-profile international event.


The article was published by DNA and was titled “Indian government buying 50 bulletproof Audi cars for G20 Summit, may cost over Rs 400 crore”.

Amid the growing controversy, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) swiftly stepped in to clarify the situation. Conducting a thorough fact-check, the PIB determined that the assertion made in the DNA article was indeed inaccurate. Via a Twitter announcement, the PIB confirmed that the government’s actions did not involve the purchase of 50 bulletproof Audi cars as alleged, but rather the leasing of 20 such vehicles at a cost of Rs 18 crore.

The PIB underscored that the provision of bulletproof vehicles is a well-established and customary protocol for hosting visiting Heads of State or Heads of Government, thereby dispelling any misconceptions surrounding the nature of this procurement. This clarification from the official source sheds light on the standard operating procedures for high-profile international events and addresses concerns raised by the public.

Gokhale removed the tweet later, but by then, the harm had been caused. Many people saw his tweet on social media and thought it was true. This is just an instance of how fake news can hurt. It spreads false information and creates problems between people. Checking the truth of what we see on the internet before we share it is really important.

Saket Gokhale has not yet responded to the PIB’s fact-check. This is not the first time that Saket Gokhale has been accused of sharing fake news. In December 2022, he was arrested by the Gujarat Police for sharing a fake news tweet about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Morbi.

It is important to be aware of fake news and to verify the information that we come across before sharing it. We can do this by checking the source of the information, looking for other sources that corroborate the information, and using fact-checking websites.

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