A social media post accompanying a video of Rahul Gandhi allegedly admitting in a public meeting that he would settle in London and he has nothing to do with Hindustan is being widely shared. Through this article, let’s fact-check the authenticity of the video in the post.
Claim: Video of Rahul Gandhi admitting in a public meeting that he would settle in London, and he has nothing to do with Hindustan.
Fact: The viral video is an excerpt of Rahul Gandhi’s speech, which he made in Latur, Maharashtra, back in 2019. From the original speech, it is evident that Rahul Gandhi made those comments referring to Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, who fled the country over allegations of financial fraud. This part of Gandhi referring to fraudsters is omitted and being shared as if Gandhi was talking about himself. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
The same video of Rahul Gandhi also went viral in 2019. It is actually an excerpt from a longer speech of Rahul Gandhi, which he made in Latur, Maharashtra, back in October 2019. A lengthier version of the video can be seen here.
In the original video, Rahul Gandhi made those viral comments in reference to Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi who fled the country over allegations of financial fraud. At 15:10 of the video, Rahul Gandhi starts referring to them and, in this context, he made those viral comments.
At 15:19, we can hear Rahul Gandhi saying, ‘Nothing’s going to happen, I will go to London, my children will go and study in America, I have nothing to do with India’. Further at 15:34, Rahul Gandhi says ‘I have thousands of crores of rupees, I will go anytime’.
These comments of Rahul Gandhi are added together digitally, omitting the part where Rahul Gandhi refers to Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. News reports of Rahul Gandhi’s Latur speech can be read here. This proves that the viral video is a digitally edited one.
To sum it up, a digitally edited video of Rahul Gandhi’s old speech is passed off as if he admitted that he would settle in London.