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Fact Check: No, Priyanka Gandhi did not make 'India is a country of fools' remark

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A screenshot in which Priyanka Gandhi Vadra supposedly called 'India is a country of fools' is fake. Gandhi never put out any such tweet. 

A screenshot of a tweet purportedly by Indian National Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi is doing rounds on social media in the backdrop of Gandhi's recent picture showing her taking a Holy Dip In Sangam recently. The tweet shown in the screenshot reads, ‘India is a country of fools where the government does not provide drinking water to people but spends crores of rupees on royal baths."

Facebook user shared a collage of the viral screenshot and Priyanka Gandhi's image with a caption in Hindi that can be roughly translated to, "Priyanka Vadra's tweet on the Kumbh Mela was something like this, the tweet is below. But today Modiji forced her to take a dip in the Ganges."

Several other Facebook and Twitter users are also sharing the image with the same claim. 

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. The viral screenshot is fake and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra never put out any such tweet. 

The username of the Twitter handle in the screenshot is 'PriyanakagaINC' and on checking, we found that the account does not exist. The official verified Twitter handle of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is ‘@priyankagandhi’, not ‘@PriyankagaINC’.

Moreover, we found the purported screenshot of Priyanka Gandhi's tweet posted on social media on 08 February 2019 while Gandhi joined Twitter on February 10, 2019. 

In conclusion, a screenshot in which Priyanka Gandhi Vadra supposedly called 'India is a country of fools' is fake. Gandhi never put out any such tweet. 

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