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Fact Check: 2021 Video Of Crowd Gathered At Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘Vijay Yatra’ Viral As Recent 


On November 11, Akhilesh Yadav, former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and the national president of Samajwadi Party, arrived in Niwari, Madhya Pradesh. He spoke to a gathering in support of the SP candidate, Meera Deepak Yadav. In his address, he firmly dismissed any discussions about forming an alliance with Congress for the upcoming UP elections.

Against the backdrop, a video depicting a large SP rally is widely shared on social media showing him in a red vehicle surrounded by a large crowd. He enthusiastically greets the crowd. Many claim that it captures the recent public gathering of SP in Niwari.

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “आज अखिलेश यादव जी की रथ यात्रा मध्य प्रदेश के निवाड़ी में” (English translation: Today Akhilesh Yadav’s car festival in Niwari, MP).

Here’s the link to the above post


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE. 

Running the video keyframes through Reverse Image Search, our team located similar videos. An extended version of the viral video was found on the YouTube channel of ‘Times Navbharat,’ uploaded on November 17, 2021. This video also features the same red-coloured bus with Akhilesh on board as seen in the viral footage. At approximately 18 minutes, the same banner visible on the right side of the viral video can be spotted. As per its description, this video documents the ‘Vijay Yatra’ organised by the Samajwadi Party in Ghazipur in anticipation of the Uttar Pradesh elections in 2022.

A segment of the viral video can be seen around the 16-minute and 17-second mark in the live recording of the rally, accessible on the YouTube channel ‘TV9 Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand’, describing the event as SP’s ‘Vijay Yatra’, conducted in Ghazipur.

Numerous additional videos of this rally can also be found in various media reportsThus, it is evident from the above information that an old video of the SP rally is shared as recent.

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