Fact Check: Old Video Of Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh Meeting Sri Lankan PM Viral With Misleading Claim

A video of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh meeting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is being shared on social media, suggesting that she sidelined Manmohan Singh when he was the PM.

The post is being shared on Facebook with a caption that reads, “Very disappointing video clip. See how she sidelined the then PM MMS!”

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FACT CHECK

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

News agency NNIS had uploaded the video in question in April 2017 on its YouTube channel. “Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met opposition party leader Sonia Gandhi and former Indian PM Dr Manmohan Singh,” read its caption.

News agency ANI had also reported on PM Wickremesinghe’s meeting with Congress leaders. The tweet dates back to April 26, 2017.  

Dr Manmohan Singh was Prime Minister from May 2004 to May 2014. The meeting was held with senior Congress leaders. Sonia Gandhi headed the party in 2017. Thus, the claim that she sidelined Manmohan Singh when he was the PM is misleading. 

 

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