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Fact Check: Image Of Akhilesh-Dimple Yadav Paying Tribute To Mulayam Singh Viral With Fictitious Claims

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Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, a picture of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav is being shared on social media, claiming that they paid tribute at the grave of UP gangster Atiq Ahmed. 

The post reads: “अपने गुरु अतीक अहमद की मजार पर हाजिरी लगा रहे भैयाजी.”

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FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found the claim to be false. 

Running the viral image through Google Reverse Image Search, the NM team found the same image shared in an article by Prokerala in November 2022 with a headline: “Mainpuri: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav with wife Dimple Yadav pays tribute to late Mulayam Singh Yadav.”

We also spotted the same image on the official X account of Akhilesh Yadav, dated November 14, 2022 with a Hindi text: मैनपुरी उपचुनाव में सपा के प्रत्याशी के रूप में दरअसल नेताजी की समाजवादी आस्थाओं का ही नामांकन हो रहा है। जिस प्रकार दलगत राजनीति से ऊपर उठकर सभी दलों के लोगों और जनमानस ने सैफई आकर नेताजी को श्रद्धांजलि दी है, उसका सच्चा परिणाम ये होगा कि सपा प्रत्याशी की ऐतिहासिक जीत होगी। (English translation: In fact, Netaji’s socialist beliefs are being nominated as SP candidate in the Mainpuri by-election. The way people and people of all parties, rising above party politics, have come to Saifai and paid tribute to Netaji, the true result of this will be that the SP candidate will have a historic victory.)

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— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) November 14, 2022


Thus, from the above fact check, it is clear that an old picture is being shared with a false claim. 

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