PM Modi was originally describing a childhood tale and not confessing that he was a thief.
A video showing PM Modi addressing a crowd is widely circulating on social media. PM Modi can be heard saying, “When I used to do petty theft, if my mother had stopped me at that time then today I would not have become such a huge robber.”
Users claim that PM Modi can be seen confessing that he is robbing the people of India. However, we found that the viral video is clipped and has been shared without the proper context.
The caption of the post states, “When I used to do petty theft..that day if my mother had stopped… then today I would not have become such a big robber..”
We started our investigation by running a relevant keyword search and reverse image search on Google, whose results led us to BJP West Bengal’s YouTube channel. The entire speech was streamed live on this channel on 10 April 2021. The caption of this video, “PM Shri Narendra Modi ji addresses a public meeting at Siliguri, West Bengal.”
The description of the video states, “Addressing a massive rally ahead of fourth phase of election in West Bengal’s Siliguri, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, “The entire North Bengal has announced that TMC government is going and BJP government is coming. Today, the entire nation is proud to see the willpower of the people of Bengal. This willpower is of the ‘Ashol Poriborton’. This willpower is the power of ‘Sonar Bangla’.”
In the longer version of the video, we can clearly hear PM Modi narrate a tale that he had heard in his childhood.
You can hear the viral part of the video from the timestamp of 59:25 minutes.
In the original longer version of the speech, PM Modi can be heard saying, “A few days ago, here in Siliguri, Didi said that her Tolabaj only takes 100,200 or 500 rupees, what is the big deal in this, Didi is very comfortably saying that Tolabaz takes 100, 200 or 500 rupees; so why is Modi shouting so much? Brothers and sisters, I had heard a story when I was young, in that story, there was a very big robber, and he was sentenced to death. Before hanging him, he was asked for his last wish and he replied that he wanted to meet his mother. Thus, the government arranged for a meeting with his mother. When he met his mother, he hugged her and bit her nose. When people asked him why he bit his mother’s nose, he replied when I used to do petty theft, if my mother had stopped me at that time then today I would not have become such a big robber.”
Below you can see a comparison between the viral video and the original video.
Thus, the above video makes it clear that the viral video has been clipped from the original video and shared to claim that PM Modi is confessing that he is a thief. The clipped version of the video was taken from PM Modi’s speech in Siliguri, West Bengal in 2021.
Fact Crescendo found that the claim made along with the viral video to be Misleading. The viral video is clipped and has been shared with a misleading claim. PM Modi was not confessing that he was a thief instead; he was narrating a story from his childhood.
Title:Clipped Video shared to claim that PM Modi confessed that he is a thief.
Fact Check By: Drabanti Ghosh