Fact-checking: PIB counters Rahul Gandhi on ‘sale’ of railways, Congress ticks Amit Shah off over Ukraine war | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Tuesday debunked Union home minister Amit Shah’s claim that the warring countries Russia and Ukraine had called a ceasefire for the safe exit of Indian students. This was a couple of days after the Centre’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) fact-checked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s allegation that railway properties were being privatised.
On November 12, Rahul Gandhi posted a tweet asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to sell railway assets. He alleged that the railways was being sold and privatised.
Rahul said, “Employment to 12 lakh people, daily service of 2.5 crore countrymen – Indian Railways connects the country. Prime Minister, railways is the property of the country, it needs empowerment, not privatisation. Don’t sell!”

The PIB rejected Rahul’s allegations and said Indian Railways was not privatising any of its assets. In a social media post, it said, “A tweet is falsely claiming that 151 trains, railway properties, stations and hospitals of Indian Railways have been privatised. These claims are completely bogus and factless. @RailMinIndia is not privatising any of its assets.”

Congress fact-checks Amit Shah’s claim
In a TV programme on Monday, Shah talked about the success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign outreach and India’s position in the comity of nations. He claimed that when the Russia-Ukraine war was at its peak, Modi spoke with the heads of the two nations to extricate Indian students stuck in Ukraine.
Shah said the two nations called a ceasefire for 72 hours which helped Indian students leave Ukraine.
The BJP posted a tweet and said, “It never happened before that 35,000 children were trapped in Ukraine and the prime minister of India talked to the heads of Russia and Ukraine. It stopped the war for 72 hours to bring the trapped children back to India. It is a matter of pride for every Indian.”
The Congress countered Shah’s claims. In a post called ‘Fake news alert’, it said, “The ministry of external affairs (MEA) of the government of India has already denied such things. But this habit of lying does not go away. Earlier, (they claimed) the war was stopped for six hours, now (they claim) the war stopped for 72 hours. In future (they will) tell 72 days.”

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