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Fact Check: Did Rahul Gandhi refuse to perform aarti? Clipped video shared with misleading claims

As the Congress party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra campaign reached its twentieth day, a video of Rahul Gandhi at a Hindu religious ceremony was shared widely.

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People claimed that Rahul Gandhi refused to perform aarti, a Hindu ritual, during religious events.
People claimed that Rahul Gandhi refused to perform aarti, a Hindu ritual, during religious events.

By Dheeshma Puzhakkal:

The Congress party’s ambitious Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi has been all over the news and social media since it started on September 7. As the campaign reached its twentieth day, a video of Gandhi at a Hindu religious ceremony was shared widely.

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INDIA TODAY FACT CHECK

Fact Check Says:
Mostly false

Claim:

This video shows Congress leader Rahul Gandhi refusing to perform aarti during a Hindu ceremony.

Conclusion

This video is clipped. In the extended video shot in Rajkot, Gandhi could be seen performing aarti. Other photos from the same event show the same.

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