A controversial statement attributed to BJP MP Maneka Gandhi is going viral on the Internet.
The text in Hindi read: “Vishwa ki sabse badi party hai BJP.. 2-4 balaatkar kar bhi diye toh buraai kya?
Translation: BJP is the world’s largest party. What’s the harm if some rapes happen?
The above post has more than three thousand shares on Facebook.
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NewsMobile fact-check the above post and found the quote to be falsely attributed to Maneka Gandhi.
On putting the keywords from the quote through a Google search, we came across a news report of AajTak published on April 13, 2018.
According to this report, journalists in UP’s Chandauli asked Gandhi whether incidents such as Kathua and Unnao dent the party’s image.
To this, the former Union minister replied, “BJP is the world’s largest political party with 11 crore members. If 1-2 such cases come up, how can you blame the whole party for it?”
This proves that the minister’s statement was misinterpreted which went viral on social media.