A video is being widely shared on social media claiming it as the visuals of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stating odd numerical figures during her speech at a rally. In the video, Priyanka Gandhi was seen saying, “सबसे महत्वपूर्ण बात यह है कि हमारा पूरा जोर रोजगार दिलवाने में जाएगा और साढ़े…छे सौ अस्सी करोड़…”. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stating odd numerical figures figures during her speech at a recent public rally.
Fact: The video shared in the post is a clipped one. Priyanka Gandhi, during a rally in Solan on 14 October 2022, made an election promise to the youth that their government will put emphasis on providing employment and said that a special fund of six hundred eighty crores will be sanctioned for providing interest-free loans to the youth who were willing to set up start-ups. Initially, Priyanka Gandhi had misstated the numbers, but she immediately corrected herself and stated that it is six hundred eighty crores that will be sanctioned for providing interest-free start-up loans. Hence, the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.
When we searched for this video using relevant keywords on the internet, we found an extended version of the same video on the official YouTube channel of the Indian National Congress Party (INC). INC published this video on 14 October 2022, reporting it as the visuals of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s speech at a rally in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh.
From 15:44 minutes of the video, we could see Priyanka Gandhi saying, “सबसे महत्वपूर्ण बात यह है कि हमारा पूरा जोर रोजगार दिलवाने में जाएगा और साढ़े…छे सौ अस्सी करोड़, छे सौ अस्सी करोड़ का स्टार्टअप फण्ड बनवायेग। जो नव जवान अपनी छोटी सी अपना छोटा सा व्यापर शुरू करना चाहता हे, स्टार्ट अप करना चाहता हे, उनको शुन्य प्रतिशत ब्याज पर लोन मिलेग। और इस के लिए अलग सा फण्ड मिलेगा।” (when translated from Hindi to English: “The most important thing is that our full emphasis will be on providing employment and a special fund of one & a half, rupees six hundred and eighty crores, six hundred and eighty crores will be sanctioned for providing zero interest loans for youth who were willing to establish start-up enterprises.”). Priyanka Gandhi had initially misstated the numbers, but she immediately corrected herself and stated that it is six hundred and eighty crores that will be sanctioned for providing interest free loans for start-ups. The clipped video shared in the post did not show the portion of Priyanka Gandhi correcting her mistake. Priyanka Gandhi’s speech during the rally in Solan can also be seen here and here.
Reporting Priyanka Gandhi’s election promises during the rally in Solan, several news agencies published articles. They can be seen here and here. Earlier, when a similar clipped video of Rahul Gandhi was being shared as the visuals of Rahul Gandhi misstating litre as the unit of measure for atta, Factly published a fact-check debunking that claim. When similar claims about Amit Shah were shared that he used grams/day as a measure for milk, Factly published a fact-check debunking & clarifying the claim.
To sum it up, Priyanka Gandhi corrected her mistake immediately after misstating the amount of funds to be allocated for interest-free start-up loans by Congress in Himachal Pradesh.