A video of Indian National Congress (INC) President Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meeting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been shared suggesting that she sidelined Singh when he was the PM.

One Dr Jitendra Nagar posted this video and wrote, “Very disappointing video clip.. See how she sidelined the then PM MMS!” He gained over 10,000 views.

Twitter user @S78089810 wrote in Hindi, “Who was the PM during the 10 years of Congress rule.”

[Hindi text: कांग्रेस शासन में 10 सालों तक आखिर कौन था प्रधानमंत्री ..??? क्या यह चाल “लार्जेस्ट डेमोक्रेटिक रिपब्लिकन” को धता बताते शासन करने की बैकडोर एंट्री नही थी.]

Another Twitter user True British Indian (@Mahna5G) garnered about 30,000 views for the video.

Twitter user @NAN_DINI_ shared the video by True British India. It was retweeted over 1500 times.

FACT-CHECK

YouTube channel NNIS News had uploaded the video in question in April 2017. “Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met opposition party leader Sonia Gandhi and former Indian PM Dr Manmohan Singh,” read its caption.

ANI had also reported on PM Wickremesinghe’s meeting with Congress leaders.

Manmohan Singh was Prime Minister from May 2004 to May 2014. The meeting was held with senior Congress leaders and Sonia Gandhi heads the party. The claim that she sidelined Singh when he was the PM is false.

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