A 2017 video of Rahul Gandhi meeting kin of the victims of a boiler blast in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh is going viral on Facebook with a false claim.
The 20-second clip shows the Congress President comfort an old woman while being surrounded by anguished people.
The video is being shared with a false narrative that several people who travelled to Delhi from Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) to meet Gandhi broke down following his loss in the Lok Sabha elections.
In the biggest upset of the 2019 general election, Rahul Gandhi lost his own parliamentary seat in Amethi – considered a Gandhi family borough – to Bharatiya Janata Party’s Smriti Irani. Gandhi who was contesting from two seats this election won from Wayanad in Kerala with a record margin.
A caption with the video states, “people who had come to Delhi from Amethi to meet Rahul Gandhi broke down into tears. He has lost the election from Amethi due to the ideology of lies. But he hasn’t lost the love of his people.”
(Hindi: अमेठी से दिल्ली आए लोगों से मिलने जब राहुल गांधी जी पहुंचे .. तब वे लोग उन्हें देखकर भावुक हो गए और फूट फूट कर रोने लगे … झूठ और छल-कपट की विचारधारा के चलते अमेठी से चुनाव हारे हैं, प्यार और अपनापन नहीं। )
Through a reverse image search BOOM found that the viral video dates back to 2017.
The same video was shared from the official Twitter handle of the Indian National Congress on November 2, 2017, with the caption – “Congress VP Rahul Gandhi at the #NTPC headquarters, meeting with the affected and their families. #NTPCExplosion.“
On the night of November 1, 2017, a boiler in National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC) Rae Bareli unit blew up killing as many as 26 people and injuring at least 200. Rahul Gandhi visited Rae Bareli, his mother Sonia Gandhi’s constituency, on November 2, 2017 to meet with the bereaved family members of the victims.
Read more about the NTPC blast here.
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