In the context of Mallikarjun Kharge’s victory in the Congress party president elections recently, a video of his speech is being widely shared on social media with a claim that the speech is delivered after he became Congress president. In the speech he says, “If Modi gets more power, Sanatan Dharm and RSS’s rule will come in the country again”. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of Mallikarjun Kharge’s comments on PM Modi after being elected as president of Congress party.
Fact: This video shows an address at ‘Constitution Defence Council’ organised by Mumbai Congress in Bandra on 04 November 2018. He won the Congress presidential elections only on 19 October 2022. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.
We searched the internet with relevant keywords and found the extended version of this video uploaded to YouTube by ‘UP Tak’ on 06 November 2018 with the title, “Congress troubled by rule of Sanatan?”
According to Zee News, Mallikarjun Kharge made these remarks during his speech at ‘Constitution Defence Council’ organised by Mumbai Congress in Bandra on 04 November 2018. BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra also shared this video via Twitter on 06 November 2018.
To sum it up, an old video of Mallikarjun Kharge shared as his recent speech following his victory in congress presidential elections.
Update (22 October 2022)
A search on the internet with relevant keywords led us to the original video of this speech. Mallikarjun Kharge made this speech at the 84th Congress Plenary Session held in 2018, not after being elected as the Congress President.