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Viral Newspaper Clip Claiming Rahul Gandhi Called Baniyas ‘Thieves’ Is Fake

Viral Newspaper Clip Claiming Rahul Gandhi Called Baniyas ‘Thieves’ Is Fake

The same newspaper clip had gone viral earlier too with the statement being attributed to Amit Shah. Turns out, both the claims were fake

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An image of a supposed newspaper clip claiming Rahul Gandhi had called the baniya community thieves has gone viral on social media.

The headline of the clip, in Hindi, translates to ‘Indian baniyas are habituated to theft and profiteering: Rahul Gandhi’.

(Translated from Hindi: चोरी और मुनाफ़ाखोरी देश के बनियों की आदत : राहुल गाँधी ).

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Viral post

As per the news report, Rahul Gandhi had made the comment ahead of the Rajasthan assembly election last year. The report further claims that Gandhi was addressing an election rally in Bundi, Rajasthan, when he made the statement. Archived version of the Facebook post can be accessed here.

rahul gandhi baniya fake

The clip has been shared on Facebook with a caption which reads, “Vaishya brothers, look, how this pappu (Rahul Gandhi) who called Modiji a thief has now called the entire baniya community a thief. He himself has garnered unfathomable fortune by loot and thinks everyone in this country is a thief. Just wait and watch how baniyas of India will teach him a lesson him a lesson this time.”

(Hindi translation: देश के वैश्य भाइयों देखिए , मोदी जी को चोर बोलते बोलते देश के सारे बनियों को ये पप्पू (राहुल गाँधी ) चोर कैसा बना दिया । ये तो खुद चोरी से अकूत संपत्ति बना लिया है और वैसे देश के सभी लोगों को चोर समझता है इसबार देश के बनियों कैसे उसको औकात पे लाता है देखिए ।)

Fact Check

BOOM tried to look for the news reports carrying the statement made by Rahul Gandhi on the particular community. However, we could not find any. The fact that the newspaper’s name doesn’t find a mention anywhere in the report makes the claim all the more fishy.

Interestingly, a similar newspaper clipping with the same statement attributed to Bharatiya Janta Party President Amit Shah was shared on Facebook on December 10, 2018.

Newspaper clip with the same statement attributed to Amit Shah

The post with the exact same statement attributed to Shah had gone viral in December last year.

Barring few words here and there, the lede of both the supposed new reports are similar.

The version wherein the statement is attributed to Shah reads: Ahead of the Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha campaigning, BJP national president Amit Shah, while making a controversial statement, compared the baniya community with thieves and racketeers. At a BJP election rally held in Bundi, Rajasthan, the BJP president said stealing is a habit of the people of baniya community and businessmen. They don’t only avoid paying taxes but are also the main reason for the state of farmers in the country as these are the communities which keep all the profit in their pockets.

राजस्थान विधानसभा चुनाव प्रचार के दौरान भाजपा के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष अमित शाह ने विवादास्पद बयान देते हुए देश के बनिया समाज और व्यापारियों की तुलना चोरों से कर डाली। राजस्थान के बूंदी में आयोजित भाजपा की चुनावी रैली में भाजपा अध्यक्ष ने कहा की चोरी करना तो देश के बनिया और व्यापारियों की आदत है, टैक्स तो चोरी करते ही हैं साथ ही किसानो की बर्बादी का भी मुख्य कारण ये बनिया और व्यापारी वर्ग ही है जो सारा मुनाफा अपनी जेब में डाल जाते हैं।

In the version with Rahul Gandhi in it, the words BJP and Amit Shah have been replaced with Congress and Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul gandhi on baniyas

राजस्थान विधानसभा चुनाव प्रचार के दौरान कांग्रेस के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष राहुल गाँधी ने विवादास्पद बयान देते हुवे देश के बनिया समाज और व्यापारियों की तुलना चोरों से कर डाली। राजस्थान के बूंदी में आयोजित कांग्रेस की चुनावी रैली में कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष ने कहा की चोरी करना तो देश के बनिया और व्यापारियों की आदत है, टैक्स तो चोरी करते ही हैं साथ ही किसानो की बर्बादी का भी मुख्य कारण ये बनिया और व्यापारी वर्ग ही है जो सारा मुनाफा अपनी जेब में डाल जाते हैं।

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The newspaper clips with same headlines attributed to different leaders

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Claim Review : Newspaper clip claims Rahul Gandhi has called the baniya community thieves

Fact Check : FALSE

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Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.

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