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A screenshot of a purported news bulletin of ABP News is going viral on social media. It is being shared that Congress MP and former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has tweeted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is working towards making the country a 'Hindu Rashtra' by passing the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), and our ancestors' agenda was always an 'Islamic country'. This image is viral for over a year and keeps resurfacing.
The post is widely shared on facebook.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted that he is against India becoming a 'Hindu nation' and wanted India to be an islamic country and that the same tweet was aired on news channel ABP News.
The viral claim is false.
To know the truth of this viral tweet, we did a search on the YouTube channel of ABP News Hindi using the keyword 'Rahul Gandhi tweet'. We did not find any video on the tweet that is viral. However, we found a news bulletin uploaded on 10th December 2019 on ABP News Hindi related to anti-CAA.
In the caption of the bulletin, it has been written that how Rahul Gandhi has taken a dig at the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) - now the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, which was implemented by the Central Government on 10 January 2020.
After that, we compared the viral screenshot and the bulletin of ABP News Hindi, the difference between the text written in both can be seen. The font used in the viral screenshot and the font of the official bulletin is not the same. On seeing both the photos carefully, it can also be seen that the shadow behind the photo of Rahul Gandhi is visible in the official bulletin. But in the viral screenshot, behind the photo of Rahul Gandhi, blurring is visible, not the shadow.
Also, the alleged screengrab of the ABP news bulletin has many grammatical mistakes apart from no punctuation in the entire text.
On 10 December 2019, the Congress leader tweeted that the CAB was an "attack on the Indian Constitution".
Apart from this, we also got the recent bulletin of ABP News Hindi of July 2. These bulletins were on Rahul Gandhi's tweet. It can be seen that the current format of the bulletin in ABP news is different from the format seen in the viral screenshot.
It is clear that the screenshot of the bulletin of ABP News Hindi was tampered with and shared. Also, it is being falsely claimed that Rahul Gandhi has tweeted saying that his ancestors wanted India to be an Islamic country. Hence, the viral claim is false.
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