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Victory Celebrations At Congress HQ? Old Video Of Rahul Gandhi Meeting Party Workers Linked To 2024 Lok Sabha Poll Results

Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi greeting the Congress workers celebrating at the party headquarters ahead of the Lok Sabha Poll results.

Such posts can be seen here, here and here.

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Fact

A Google lens search on the keyframes of the viral video led us to an X post by Srinivas BV, the National President of Indian Youth Congress, dated August 4, 2023. The post featured the widely circulated footage of Rahul Gandhi, and stated “Welcome Back, Leader”.

Screengrab from X post by Srinivas BV

Proclaiming the “victory of truth over falsehood,” the official X handle of the Indian National Congress also shared the viral footage in August 2023.

Screengrab from X post by INC

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What Was Congress Celebrating?

The Supreme Court stayed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s conviction in the 2019 “Modi surname” remark defamation case on August 4, 2023, paving the way for his return to the Parliament. Celebrations erupted at the Congress party’s headquarters following the apex court’s judgement.

2024 Lok  Sabha Poll results
Screengrab from Hindustan Times website

A lawsuit was filed against the Congress leader over his remarks on “Modi” surname during a rally in 2019. In March 2023, a Surat Court convicted Gandhi in a 2019 defamation case, and sentenced him to two-year-imprisonment.

Following the conviction, the former Congress Chief was disqualified from parliament. Gandhi then approached the Gujarat High Court against the lower court’s judgement, but his plea was rejected. The Supreme Court, however, then stayed his conviction in the case.

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We could thus conclude that the video showing Congress workers celebrating the Supreme Court’s judgement staying Rahul Gandhi’s conviction has been misleadingly shared to show festivities at the party’s headquarters prior to the announcement of Lok Sabha Poll results.

Result: False

Sources
X Post By Srinivas BV, Dated August 4, 2023
X Post By INC, Dated August 4, 2023


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Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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