Tushar Gandhi wrongly tweets Narendra Modi never visited Sabarmati Ashram as CM

Tushar Gandhi wrongly tweets that Narendra Modi never went to Sabarmati Ashram as CM
Tushar Gandhi's tweet | Source: Screengrab/Twitter

Narendra Modi actually visited the ashram three times during his tenure as Gujarat chief minister, but Mahatma’s grandson insists he never did it willingly.

Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, tweeted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi never visited Sabarmati Ashram when he was chief minister of Gujarat. He alleged that the latter only goes to Sabarmati Ashram now as Prime Minister because visiting dignitaries “drag him there”.

However, Modi has been to the ashram at least three times during his tenure as Gujarat CM:

In 2002, with President APJ Abdul Kalam.

Tushar Gandhi wrongly tweets that Modi never visited Sabarmati Ashram as CM
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam with Narendra Modi on a visit to Sabarmati Ashram in 2002 | Source: Screengrab/gandhiashramsabarmati.org

In 2005, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Tushar Gandhi wrongly tweets that Narendra Modi never visited Sabarmati Ashram as CM
Dr Manmohan Singh with Narendra Modi on a visit to Sabarmati Ashram in 2005 | Source: Screengrab/gandhiashramsabarmati.org

In 2009, with President Pratibha Patil.

Tushar Gandhi wrongly tweets that Narendra Modi never visited Sabarmati Ashram as CM
Pratibha Patil with Narendra Modi at Sabarmati Ashram in 2009 | Source: Screengrab/gandhiashramsabarmati.org

Reached for his comments on his incorrect tweet, Gandhi said Modi never went to the ashram “willingly”.

“It was just protocol; as chief minister, he never went there willingly. He just went there as protocol for media purposes. It would have caused a huge scandal if he had not gone with these people,” added Gandhi.

He did not correct his tweet, which has received over 1,000 likes and retweets since it was posted Wednesday.

This report was done in partnership with SM Hoaxslayer

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