Mallikarjun Kharge’s reference to Modi’s remarks on redistribution of wealth to Muslims is shared with false claims.

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Kharge is admitting that they’re going to loot our wealth and distribute it to people having more children

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Explanation

Between April 19, 2024, and June 1, 2024, India is scheduled to hold seven stages of general elections. The first and second phases of the Lok Sabha election are now over. With India entering the third phase, both parties undertook intense back-to-back campaigning.

In this case, a 28-second video shows, the Indian National Congress president, Mallikarjun Kharge addressing a public rally. We hear him saying, “Do you know what the Congress people are doing? The Congress people are entering your house, breaking the cupboards, taking out all the money and distributing it among all the people outside, they are distributing it among the Muslims… those who have more children will get more. Brother, if you don’t have children, what should I do?” This post is shared with a claim stating, “Kharge is admitting that they’re going to loot our wealth and distribute it to people having more children.” You can view similar claim posts here and here.

What’s the truth?

Our study began with a Google search for pertinent keywords. This led us to the original speech made on May 3, 2024, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, by Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge. The entire event video has been live-streamed on the Indian National Congress’s YouTube page.

As we were listening to the speech, it became clear to us that Kharge had mentioned Modi and denounced him for disseminating false information regarding the Congress manifesto for the current Lok Sabha elections.

He states, about at 31:27, that our government wants to treat the people the way a man feels when he has clean air, a full stomach, and a peaceful existence. He continued by going into great detail regarding equity, which is included in the Congress manifesto.

Kharge says that,There is one equity justice, in this equity justice we only said that to conduct caste census. We are going to conduct a caste census to see how many educated people there are in every place, in which communities, how many graduates are there, how much income is there… what is the per capita income. To see this, we are going to do a caste census. So, Modi Saheb immediately said – Do you know what the Congress people are doing? The Congress people are entering your house, breaking the cupboards, taking out all the money, and distributing it among all the people outside, they are distributing it among the Muslims, and those who have more children will get more. Brother, if you don’t have children, what should I do?”

He went on to add, “But we (the Congress) are not going to distribute, we are not going to throw anyone out like this. Sorry Modi Saheb, such ideas which he is spreading, are false misinformation for the society, wrong for the country, and wrong for all of us.”

It is made clear in the speech above that Kharge’s widely shared remarks are a reaction to Modi’s criticism of the Congress manifesto.

All of this implies that the viral video was clipped and trimmed to disparage the Congress policies and manifesto.

Conclusion:

Thus we conclude that the viral claim stating, that Kharge is admitting that they’re going to loot our wealth and distribute it to people having more children is an edited video. In reality, the viral clip is cropped and circulated with false narratives.

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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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