Did Modi sell tea at Vadnagar railway station when he was a child?

However, social media users are claiming that the tea selling story is fake as they claim that Modi could not have sold tea at the Vadnagar railway station as it was constructed in 1973 when Modi was 23 years old.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  8 Nov 2021 9:04 AM GMT
Did Modi sell tea at Vadnagar railway station when he was a child?

HYDERABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi used to sell tea during his childhood at the Vadnagar railway station in Gujarat. Vadnagar in Gujarat's Mehsana district is Modi's hometown. In 2019, this station was turned into a tourist spot. In July 2021, Modi virtually inaugurated a revamped Vadnagar railway station where he used to sell tea during his childhood.

However, social media users are claiming that the tea selling story is fake. It is being claimed that Modi could not have sold tea at the Vadnagar railway station during his childhood as it was constructed in 1973 when Modi was 23 years old.


FACT CHECK:

The claim is false.

NewsMeter searched through the dateline of the Vadnagar railway station on the Western Railways website and found a document on the history of Indian Railways. It said that the Mehsana-Vadnagar railway line was started on 21 March 1887 and the Wadhnagar-Khera Central Railway line was inaugurated on December 12, 1888. This makes it clear that the Vadnagar railway station has been operational since 1887.


South Central Railway website that carries details of the administration report on Indian Railways also said that the Mehsana-Vadnagar railway line was started on March 21, 1887. However, the document stated that the railway line between Mehsana and Vadnagar was built by Gaekwads.


Many books and research papers on the history of Indian Railways also reiterate that the Vadnagar Railway Station functional since 1887. Click here, here and here to view them.


Clearly, the Vadnagar railway station was built in 1887.

Claim Review:Modi could not have sold tea at Vadnagar railway station as a child.
Claimed By:Social media users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social media
Claim Fact Check:False
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