Kharge’s speech about Nehru wanting the poor to remain poor is clipped and shared out of context!

Kharge made a mistake during his speech which led to misunderstandings and false accusations

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Congress is on a roll today! Hon’ble Malikarjun Kharge ji claims Nehru wanted the poor to remain poor and the rich to become richer

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Explanation

From April 19, 2024, to June 1, 2024, India will hold seven stages of general elections. Results will be released to the public on June 4, 2024, following the vote-counting procedure. Elections for the Lok Sabha have already concluded their first three phases. Both main parties are engaged in intense campaigning.

In this case, a 22-second video shows Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge addressing in a mic. We can hear him saying that the late PM Nehru dreamt the poor to remain poor and the rich to become richer. These words were repeated in two ways in the viral clip. One in a normal voice and another in a mocking voice with a meme at the end of the video. This post is shared with a claim stating “Congress is on a roll today! Hon’ble Malikarjun Kharge ji claims Nehru wanted the poor to remain poor and the rich to become richer.” You can view a similar claim post here.

What’s the truth?

We started our analysis with a relevant keyword search along with the viral keyframes on Google. This led us to the original video live-streamed by the Indian National Congress YouTube channel.

The video was titled, “Congress President Shri Mallikarjun Kharge addresses the public in Sujapur, West Bengal” and posted on May 5, 2024. The whole video was around 1 hour 8 minutes and 10 seconds in total. While hearing the video we found that the viral portion comes around the timestamp of 45:26 to 47:05.

We watched the viral portion and also looked over the transcript. In it, we can hear Kharge saying, “Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ji said one thing. I mention that here. He said, “National security, Development, and Unity is our national duty. Even if we follow different religions, even if we are from different states, and even if we speak different languages; those do not divide us. There’s no wall between us. Everyone should have equal representation in India’s development. We don’t want few people in our country to be rich and many to be poor. That’s what Nehru dreamt of. “That” rich becomes richer and poor remain poorer. That’s what is happening now. Now in India, just 22 rich people own as much money as 70 crore people combined.”

Upon hearing the entire speech, we deduced that Kharge made a mistake during his speech and substituted the Hindi term for “that” instead. However, in light of the situation, he did not need to use that word; instead, he merely misspoke, which led to misunderstandings and false accusations.

All this data clarifies the claim stating that Kharge’s speech about Nehru is clipped and shared out of context.

Conclusion:

We so conclude that the widely circulated video with Malikarjun Kharge asserting that Nehru favored the poor to stay poor and the rich to get richer is being disseminated out of context and contains inaccurate information.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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