Was Manmohan Singh not given space by Sonia Gandhi to head a meeting when he was the PM?

Claim

Those who believe that Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister of India for 10 years must watch this 30-second video four times.

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Explanation

A video clip of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh meeting officials from Sri Lanka is shared with the context that Manmohan Singh was ill-treated by Sonia Gandhi when he was the Prime Minister. Some social media users comment this viral video as a reply to the posts with PM Modi’s videos. Some of the reply posts with such a claim can be seen here and here.

This video is viral since 2018 with the claim that Srilanka officials invited Mr. Manmohan Singh to sit on the first chair but Sonia shamelessly took that chair & showed who was the actual PM. The same video has resurfaced several times previously.

What is the truth?

When searching with the keywords ‘Sonia Gandhi Manmohan Singh Sri Lanka’, an ANI tweet dated 26, April 2017 is found carrying images matching the viral video. The post mentioned, “Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met former PM Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi in Delhi”.

With further search, the viral video is found uploaded on the ‘NNIS – News’ Youtube channel on 26, April 2017. The description part reads “On his four-day visit to India, Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met opposition party leader Sonia Gandhi and former Indian PM Dr. Manmohan Singh.” The same video is found posted on the NNIS Facebook page on the same date mentioning ‘Sri Lanka PM Holds Talks With Sonia Gandhi And Manmohan Singh’.

Manmohan Singh served as the 13th Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. And the viral video was captured in 2017 when he was not a PM. Moreover, the meeting was between the then Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and the opposition party, Congress, and hence Sonia Gandhi, who served as the President of the Congress party headed the meeting during his visit to India in April 2017.

We also found a few other videos where Sonia Gandhi headed the meeting in a few other instances in October 2016 and November 2017 when Sonia Gandhi was the President of the Congress party.

In October 2018, Rahul Gandhi headed the meeting with Ranil Wickremesinghe, the former Sri Lankan PM as he was the President of the Congress party from December 2017 to July 2019.

Again in October 2019, Sonia Gandhi headed a meeting with Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh during her Presidentship of the Congress party.

Conclusion

It is found that the claim that Manmohan Singh was not given space by Sonia Gandhi to head the meeting when he was a Prime Minister is false. This particular viral video was captured in 2017 when Manmohan Singh was not a PM.

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