Smriti Irani wrongly claims that Rahul did not pay homage to Kanyakumari before Bharat Jodo Yatra

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On September 10, the BJP organized a Jana Spandana Program in Doddaballapur, Bengaluru to celebrate the third anniversary of the party’s coming to power in Karnataka. BJP MP and Union Minister Smriti Irani attended the event. Addressing the gathering from the stage, Irani said Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi launched his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra‘ (Connect India Rally) of Kanyakumari without paying homage to Swami Vivekananda at the Vivekananda Memorial located there because Swami Vivekananda was not a member of the Gandhi family.

It should be noted that under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, the Congress party runs the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” from Kanyakumari. The five-month padyatra will see leaders traverse 12 Indian states, culminating in Kashmir.

In this video of Smriti Irani’s speech on YOYO TV Kannada‘s YouTube, she remarks at 46:45, “Today I want to ask something from the Congress party. You claim to be traveling to bring India together. If you started your journey from Kanyakumari, you should have had the decency to pay homage to Swami Vivekananda. But Rahul Gandhi could not do that either because Swami Vivekananda is a national saint, not a member of the Gandhi family.

Fact check

Alt News noticed that the official Congress party media platform INCTV and several Congress leaders had shared a video of Rahul Gandhi and called Smriti Irani’s statement false. In the clip, he is seen paying homage to Swami Vivekananda and bowing to his statue. Along with the video, Congress leaders also shared a tweet from news agency ANI covering Gandhi’s visit to the Vivekananda Memorial. Congress leader Srinivas BV shared the video calling Smriti Irani a liar.

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Other congressional leaders also mentioned ANI’s tweet along with the clip. It details Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the Vivekananda memorial in Kanyakumari on September 7, i.e. before the “Bharat Jodo Yatra”.

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The same video was also uploaded to the Congress party’s YouTube channel on September 7. Here Rahul Gandhi is seen walking around the statue of Swami Vivekananda at the memorial.

To sum up, BJP leader Smriti Irani in her speech falsely claimed that Rahul Gandhi did not pay homage to Swami Vivekananda before starting “Bharat Jodo Yatra” from Kanyakumari.

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