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Did Rahul Gandhi Say He Would Move To London? A FactCheck

Did Rahul Gandhi Say He Would Move To London? A FactCheck

BOOM found that Rahul Gandhi was referring to Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.

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A video of Rahul Gandhi alluding that businessmen accused of financial fraud can always leave the country, has been edited to falsely claim that Gandhi said he would move to London, and his children will study in America.

In the edited clip of 11 seconds one can hear Gandhi say, “Nothing will happen, I will go to London, my children will go and study in America, I have nothing to do with India, I have crores of money, I will go anytime.”

(Original text in Hindi – कुछ नहीं होने वाला मैं तो लंदन चला जाऊंगा, मेरे बच्चे तो अमेरिका में जाकर पढेंगे । मेरा हिंदुस्तान से कुछ लेनदेना नहीं है, मेरे पास हजारों करोड़ रुपय हैं मैं तो कभी भी चला जाऊंगा।)

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Akali Dal MLA Manjinder S Sirsa also shared the same video with the caption, “Just because the people of India don’t like you @RahulGandhi

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Viral on Facebook

The same edited clip was viral on Facebook with the caption in Hindi which translates to, “This is the reality of Gandhi family, They think the people are their father’s property, and is threatening that he will move to London and his children will study in America!”

(Original text – ये हैं गांधी परिवार की असलियत, ये जनता को अपने बाप की अमानत समझ के रखे है, और धमकी दे रहे है कि मैं लंदन चला जाऊंगा और मेरे बच्चे अमेरिका में पढ़ेंगे!)

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Viral Facebook posts with the editted clip

FACT-CHECK

BOOM found that the clipping has been edited from a longer speech that Gandhi made in Latur, Maharashtra on October 13, 2019.

BOOM found that Gandhi was referring to Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, businessmen wanted by authorities for alleged money laundering and banking fraud which has been edited from the viral video to present a false claim.

In the speech, at the counter 15.10 seconds Gandhi says, “Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi can sleep, without any fear” which has been cropped. (In Hindi – नीरव मोदी, मेहुल चोकसी अच्छी नींद लेते हैं, बिना किसी डर के). He then continues and says, ” “Nothing will happen, I will goto London, my children will go and study in America, I have nothing to do with India.

At 15.30 minutes, Gandhi continues the reference to Modi and Choksi and says, “I am Narendra Modi’s friend. I have thousands of crores of rupees, I will go anytime. This is the reality of India.” (In Hindi – मैं नरेंद्र मोदी का मित्र हूं, मेरे पास हजारों करोड़ रुपय हैं मैं तो कभी भी चला जाऊंगा। यह हिंदुस्तान की सच्चाई है।)

Full Transcript – “Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi can sleep without any fear. Nothing will happen, I will goto London, my children will go and study in America, I have nothing to do with India. I am Narendra Modi’s friend, I have thousands of crore rupees, I will go anytime. This is the reality of India.”

(In Hindi – नीरव मोदी, मेहुल चोकसी अच्छी नींद लेते हैं, बिना किसी डर के. कुछ नहीं होने वाला मैं तो लंदन चला जाऊंगा, मेरे बच्चे तो अमेरिका में जाकर पढेंगे । मेरा हिंदुस्तान से कुछ लेनदेना नहीं है, मैं नरेंद्र मोदी का मित्र हूं, मेरे पास हजारों करोड़ रुपय हैं मैं तो कभी भी चला जाऊंगा। यह हिंदुस्तान की सच्चाई है।)

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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.

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