Fact Check: Viral video of Rahul Gandhi ‘s speech was clipped to remove his correction about Indian population
A video of Rahul Gandhi’s speech, where he is heard saying India’s population is 140 crore rupees, is being circulated on social media.
Hyderabad: A video of Rahul Gandhi’s speech, where he is heard saying India’s population is 140 crore rupees, is being circulated on social media.
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The claim is misleading.
We performed a keyword search and found several news reports about Rahul Gandhi's public rally in Panipat during the second phase of the Congress' Bharat Jodo Yatra in Haryana.
As per the reports, Gandhi questioned the government, stating, "I have a question in my mind... even though the country's population is 140 crore (1.4 billion)... only the 100 wealthiest people in the country own 50% of the total wealth. Do you see any fairness in this? This is the reality of Narendra Modi's India." There was no mention in these reports of referring to the population in terms of money.
Using this as a reference, we conducted a keyword search for "Rahul Gandhi Panipat Bharat Jodo Yatra" and found a YouTube video from January 6, 2023 with this title: "Rahul Gandhi Full Speech | Panipat | Haryana | Bharat Jodo Yatra," uploaded by the Indian National Congress.
At 1:56 in the video, Gandhi can be heard saying India's population is 140 crore rupees, before quickly correcting himself to 140 crore people. However, the correction has been left out of the viral clip.
Hence, the claim is misleading. A clipped version of a speech by Rahul Gandhi, in which he can be heard saying India's population is 140 crore rupees, is being circulated on social media. The clip left out his correction.