Fact Check: Did Rahul Gandhi Ask For Disbanding Of Armed Forces? Here’s The Truth

A video is widely being shared on social media in which Congress leader Rahul Gandhi can be heard saying ”You are using the Indian Army, the Indian Navy, the Indian Air Force to protect India from China. If you use India’s labourers, India’s farmers, India’s workers, you will not need the Army, Navy, Air Force to be standing over there. China will not have the guts to come inside.” 

Here’s the video that is being circulated online:

The video can also be found here, here and here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above video and found it to be misleading.

Firstly, we scanned through Rahul Gandhi’s verified Twitter handle and found the original, extended version of the video from where the clip has been taken.

“India’s strength is a strong economy, employed youth & social harmony. Had Mr Modi protected our farmers-labourers-workers instead of hollowing out India by helping his crony capitalist friends, China wouldn’t have had the guts to take our land,” the tweet was captioned.

The same video was also uploaded by news agency ANI on their YouTube channel.

Here’s the complete statement made by Rahul Gandhi: ”If India’s labourers, farmers and weavers were strong, then the President of China would be wearing a shirt made in India. And I can guarantee you that Chinese people would be driving Indian cars, they would be flying in Indian aircraft, and their houses would have our carpets. Why is this not happening? Our government is insisting on helping 5-6 of India’s richest business people and killing and destroying India’s strength. You are using the Indian Army, Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force to protect India from China. If you use India’s labourers, farmers, workers, you will not need the armed forces to be standing over there. China will not have the guts to come inside.”

Hence, the above statement proves that the viral clip has been taken out of context and is being shared with misleading claims.

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