Fact check: Farmer leader VM Singh is billionaire, but not member of Congress

A screenshot of an ANI tweet carrying a statement by farmer leader Sardar VM Singh is viral on social media. Users claim that he is currently a part of the Indian National Congress (INC) and in 2009 he had assets worth Rs 6.32 billion.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  20 Dec 2020 3:44 AM GMT
Fact check: Farmer leader VM Singh is billionaire, but not member of Congress

Hyderabad: A screenshot of an ANI tweet carrying a statement by farmer leader Sardar VM Singh is viral on social media. Users claim that he is currently a part of the Indian National Congress (INC) and in 2009 he had assets worth Rs 6.32 billion.

"Meet so-called Kisan Sardar VM Singh He wants MSP as Law He is a Congress leader. He was a Lok Sabha candidate from Pilibhit. Contested Pilibhit on Congress ticket in 2004 (against Maneka Gandhi) and 2009 (opposite Varun Gandhi). Lost every time! In 2009 he had assets worth ₹6.32 billion (sic)," reads the message. (archive)

Archive

FACT CHECK:

The claim that Singh is currently a part of INC is false as he quit the party in 2011.

NewsMeter checked online for V.M. Singh and his political affiliations and found that he used to be an INC leader and had contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections on a Congress ticket in Uttar Pradesh's Pilibhit. However, he has not been a part of Congress since 2011.

According to The Hindu, he is no longer the National Convenor of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee after being removed for holding a separate discussion with the government.

We also found his official Twitter account. His bio mentions that he is an Ex MLA.


We also verified the worth of his assets and according to MyNeta.info his declared assets are of Rs 6.32 billion.

Hence, it is clear that VM Singh's assets are worth Rs 6.32 billion. However, he is no more associated with Indian National Congress.


Claim Review:Farmer leader VM Singh is member of Congress
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
Next Story
Share it