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Weekly Wrap: Misinformation Around Congress, False Claims On MS Dhoni & More

As the election process gained momentum, political parties stepped up their campaigning to woo the voters ahead of the second phase of voting of the Lok Sabha Elections this week. The social media platforms were, too, dominated by politically motivated content, with users promoting their preferred parties, and launching attacks on the opposition. As a result, misinformation followed. From an edited video of Rahul Gandhi to false claims of MS Dhoni endorsing Congress, read our top fact checks related to the Lok Sabha Polls here:

Did Rahul Gandhi Promise To ‘Redistribute Wealth’ Only To Muslims? No, Viral Video Is Edited

Several social media users are sharing a 42-second video, purportedly showing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, where he says that the party will conduct a “financial and institutional” survey across the country to ascertain who is in possession of the wealth, following which it will be redistributed to minorities. Newschecker found that an edited video of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is being circulated with a misleading narrative around his “wealth redistribution” idea. Read more here.

Lok Sabha Polls: Did Congress Say It Will Implement Inheritance Tax If Voted To Power?

While addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an attack on the Congress over the grand old party’s alleged plan to implement Inheritance Tax if voted to power. PM Modi said, “Congress is saying that it will implement Inheritance Tax, they will introduce tax on inheritance received from your mother and father.” Newschecker found  that there is no evidence to show that the Congress said that it plans to implement Inheritance Tax. Read more here.

Amid Inheritance Tax Row Old Video Of Zerodha’s Nikhil Kamath Shared As Recent

Amid the ongoing political row over Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s comments on Inheritance tax, a video of Zerodha Co-founder Nikhil Kamath advocating for the tax on ancestral wealth has surfaced on social media platforms. Multiple social media users shared the video claiming that Kamath has “come out in support of the tax.” Newschecker found that the video is over two-year-old, and has been misleadingly shared as recent amid Inheritance Tax row. Read more here.

Misleading Claims Around Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s Shimla Bungalow Viral Again

Images, purportedly showing Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s bungalow in Chharabra, Himachal Pradesh, resurfaced on social media amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, especially against the backdrop of the recent BJP-Congress row, where the former alleged that the latter’s manifesto promises to seize and redistribute the wealth of Indians. The viral claims insinuate that the bungalow is illegal, while mocking her, stating that it should come under the Congress’s “wealth redistribution” plan. Newschecker found the claim to be misleading. Read more here.


Dhoni Supports Congress? Photo Shows CSK Star Celebrating Team’s Twitter Landmark Of 6M Followers

A photograph of Indian cricketer MS Dhoni allegedly gesturing that he has voted for Congress in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the first phase of which ended on April 19 is going viral on social media platforms. Newschecker found that an image showing the Chennai Super Kings star celebrating team landmark of reaching six million followers on X has been shared in a false context. Read more here.

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