Wednesday, August 12, 2020

VERIFYING THE FACTS: Rahul Gandhi Passes Congress Officials Like Ordinary Ladakhis To Slam Prime Minister Modi

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CLAIM
Congress leader and MP for Wayanad today posted a video on his official Twitter account accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of lying to India.
The video included a number of people claiming that China had occupied and removed substantial land from India in the Ladakh region.
Gandhi stated that those making these allegations were Ladakhis.

The video received more than 13,000 retweets and 34,000 likes at the time of this report’s submission.
TRUTH
At least five people in the video Gandhi tried to pass as ordinary Ladakhis had congressional ties or were his officials.
VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY
Since the video was named after everyone who gave a byte, we used them as keywords on the Google search engine and found the following results.
Dorjay Gyalston
He is acting president of the Leh unit of the District Youth Congress. In an article in the Facebook group District Congress Leh, we found him treated as one.

Dr Ishey Namgyal
In a November 2, 2018 article in Reach Ladakh Bulletin, we found that Congress had appointed Dr. Ishey Namgyal as chairman of the Ladakh municipal committee.

Namgyal Durbuk
Journalist Barkha Dutt, in a video-tweet report on Ladakh, described him as a former congressman

Sachin is similar
According to his biography on Twitter, he is secretary general of the NSUI (Congress Student Wing) of Himachal Pradesh.

Get off Nubu
According to the biography of his Facebook profile, he is secretary general of the Indian Youth Congress UT Ladakh

VERDICT
Times Fact Check found that at least five men in a video released by Rahul Gandhi to attack Prime Minister Modi during the LAC confrontation between India and China were congressional officials, not ordinary Ladakhis. Gandhi used this video to imply that China had invaded and removed the land of India and Modi ment to his compatriots on this subject.

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