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No, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman did not say "Pradhan mantri chor hai" in the parliament

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A video is going viral on social media in which the defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman can be heard saying "Raksha Mantri jhooth bol rahi hai, Pradhan Mantri chor hai" which can be translated to "Defense Minister is lying, Prime Minister is a thief". The video has been shared by many Facebook pages with a similar caption "Today in Parliament, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said prime minister is a thief".

A Facebook News Live shared the video on 4th January.

You can watch the viral video here:

Another Facebook page "With Rahul Gandhi" has shared the video with a similar caption.


Our Investigation

When we searched for the defense minister's speech in the parliament, we found that on January 4, she had given a two-hour-long speech in the Lok Sabha answering Congress’ allegation on the Rafale deal. During her speech, she had questioned Congress for using unparliamentary language for her and the prime minister.

We were able to find the full video of her speech which you can watch here:

In the full video, the defense minister can be heard saying "Raksha Mantri jhooth bol rahi hai, Pradhan Mantri chor hai. Yeh bhi iss parliament mein bola gaya, Pradhan Mantri jhoothe hai yeh bhi idhar bola gaya madam" which can be roughly translated to defense minister is lying, prime minister is a thief, these things have been said in the parliament, prime minister is a liar, this has also been said here madam.

We found that a portion of the above video was clipped and shared on social media to show as if the defense minister is accepting that she is a liar and the prime minister is a thief.


The viral video is a clipped video. Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman did not say "Pradhan Mantri chor hai" in the parliament. Her full statement was "defense minister is lying, prime minister is a thief, these things have been said in the parliament, prime minister is a liar, this has also been said here madam.

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