Politics

No, Rahul Gandhi didn’t tweet that his ancestors’ agenda has been of Islamic country

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

An image of a bulletin of ABP NEWS is viral across social media platforms with the claim that Rahul Gandhi — Member of Parliament from the Wayanad constituency and former Congress President — has tweeted that their ancestors’ agenda has always been of Islamic countries. Pakistan and Bangladesh were created with this agenda and he can not see India becoming a Hindu country.

A Twitter user Yogendra Singh tweeted: “हिन्दू विरोधी ऐजेण्डा ऐसे चला रहे हैं, प्रिय श्रीराहुल गांधीजी,बाकी आप विचार करें” [Anti-Hindu agenda is being run by Dear Shri Rahul Gandhiji, the rest you should think.] (Archived)

The viral bulletin of ABP news showing alleged Rahul Gandhi’s tweet in Hindi loosely translates to: “BJP has been working on the agenda of the Hindu country, this is why they have passed the citizenship bill. However, our ancestors have always worked on the agenda of Islamic countries, therefore, created two Islamic countries Pakistan and Bangladesh. Now, I can not see India becoming a Hindu country.”

The post by Yogendra Singh also says, “those who will still support the Congress party after seeing this tweet are traitors of our religion and our country.”

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Screenshot)

A Facebook user Vinod Swarnkar also posted the viral bulletin. The caption along with the post reads: “#आखिर_राहुल_गांधी_ने_अपने_पूर्वजों_की_असलियत_को_सबके_सामने_कबूल_ही_कर_लिया” [Finally Rahul Gandhi has accepted the truth of his ancestors.]

(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Screenshot)

Using the relevant keywords, we found the viral bulletin on Facebook too.

(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Screenshot)

FactO Check:

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed in Lok Sabha on 9 December 2019 and in Rajya Sabha on 11 December 2019. Taking this cue, we checked all the tweets of Rahul Gandhi from December 2019 and found a tweet in which he has called CAB an attack on the Indian Constitution.

On Youtube, we went through all the videos uploaded by the ABP NEWS HINDI in December 2019 and found a video uploaded on 10 December 2019 titled: “Citizenship Amendment Bill पर Rahul Gandhi बोले- बिल का समर्थन देश की नींव पर हमला”. In the video, the channel has played a bulletin of Rahul Gandhi’s tweet criticizing CAB and the channel has also played the bulletin of Priyanka Gandhi’s tweet criticizing the same.

We found the graphic of the bulletin used by the channel similar to the viral bulletin, however, the content is different.

(Photo Courtesy: YouTube/Screenshot)

To bring more clarity to our readers we have also made the comparison of the real and morphed bulletin.

The bulletin at the top is original whereas the bulletin at the bottom is morphed.

Conclusion:

Rahul Gandhi has never tweeted the viral claim and the ABP NEWS bulletin is morphed. The morphed bulletin is viral since the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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