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“Vote For Me Or Will Not Help”: Did Maneka Gandhi Really Say That To Muslim Voters?

“Vote For Me Or Will Not Help”: Did Maneka Gandhi Really Say That To Muslim Voters?

“If this win comes without Muslims, then my heart will get bitter,” says Maneka Gandhi to Muslim voters in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh

The image is a screenshot from the video of Maneka Gandhi speaking to Muslim voters at Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

A video of Union Minister Maneka Gandhi speaking to voters in Uttar Pradesh, most of them Muslims, has gone viral on social media. In the video, Gandhi can be seen saying, “I have already won the elections, but tomorrow you will need me. If you want to lay the foundation for this, then this is the time”. Gandhi was seen speaking to voters in a village in Sultanpur, UP, from where she is contesting the Lok Sabha 2019 elections.

The three minute thirty -one seconds video shows Gandhi speaking to voters in Hindi, many of them women from the Muslim community sitting in the audience. She starts by talking about the work done for Muslims and the amount of money she has spent for “Muslims”.

Gandhi then says, that she is winning the elections with the love and support of the people, but “if this win comes without Muslims, then my heart will get bitter.” She also adds, “After this, when a Muslim comes to me for work, then I think, what is the point?” Gandhi also calls it a job and says it is a “give and take deal”. She says, “We are not sons of Mahatma Gandhi, are we? That we will keep giving and giving but during election time, lose everything.”

In the same video, Gandhi then says “When the polling booth results are out and and this booth records 100 votes or 50 votes, and after that when you come to me for work, then the same will happen with me. Do you understand this? I don’t see any divides, I see pain, see sadness and love. So it is up to you…”

BOOM also contacted a local reporter from Sultanpur who confirmed that Gandhi did make the above statements. According to the local reporter, Gandhi was speaking to voters from the Muslim community in Turabkhani area of Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday as part of her ongoing campaign.

Gandhi who is the MP from Pilibhit, is contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Sultanpur, a seat which is currently held by her son, Varun Gandhi. Varun on the other hand, will be contesting from Pilibhit, a seat his mother Maneka, has won six times.

BOOM reached out to Maneka Gandhi’s personal assistant and the story will be updated once we receive a response.

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A former city correspondent covering crime, Nivedita is a fact checker at BOOM and works to stop the spread of disinformation and misinformation. When not at work, she escapes into second-hand bookstores, looking for magic or a mystery.

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