Fact Check: Did Rahul Gandhi Refuse To Do Aarti During Bharat Jodo Yatra? Here’s The Truth

As a part of Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra, Rahul Gandhi is currently in Kerala and about to enter his constituency Wayanad, on the 18th day of the rally.

In the above context, a video is widely shared on social media showing him standing in a Pooja ceremony. The video further shows a person on the right of Rahul passing ‘Aarti lamp’ to the person on the left, while Rahul is standing in between.

The video is shared on social media with a caption claiming that Rahul refused to do Aarti during his Bharat Jodo Yatra. The caption reads: टोपी बाज राउल आंधी दत्तात्रेय गौत्र वाले हिंदू डोंगी आंधी ने भजन तो गाया नहीं, माता की आरती में ताली भी नहीं बजाई और आरती करने से मना करते हुए पीछे हट गया” (English translation: “Rahul Aandhi, who claims to be Dattatreya Gotra Hindu, did not sing hymns, did not even clap during Goddess’ aarti and backed out, refusing to perform the aarti.”)

The link to the post can be seen here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile did the fact-check, and found it to be fake.

Doing a Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same video uploaded by a Facebook user, dated September 27, 2017, with a caption: “Rahul Gandhi at Garba Pandal in Rajkot.”

Indian Express also reported about the event on September 27, 2017. According to the report: “On a visit to Mehsana in north Gujarat in December last year, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had visited Umiya Mata temple in Unjha town and performed aarti.” In the image one can see Rahul Gandhi holding the Aarti lamp.

Rahul Gandhi had also shared stills of the event where he is clearly seen performing the aarti.

Hence, we can ascertain that the viral claim is fake.

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