In the backdrop of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, a video has started doing rounds on social media claiming that union minister Smriti Irani has said that Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav will be voted to power.
Facebook users shared the post with the caption, “स्मृति जी भी स्वीकार किया कि आ रहे है अखिलेश.”
(English Translation: Smriti ji has also accepted that Akhilesh is coming)
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be misleading.
We ran a keyword search and found a report by ABP News dated February 7, 2022, where it was mentioned that on February 6, 2022, union minister Smriti Irani tore into the Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance at a rally in Chhaprauli, Baghpat.
We searched and found that the longer version of the same video was also uploaded on Asianet News Hindi on February 6, 2022. The headline of the report read, “SP-RLD गठबंधन पर बोलीं स्मृति ईरानी, कहा- RLD को पड़ा वोट तो लाल टोपी वालों की होगी सरकार.”
(English Translation: Smriti Irani on SP-RLD alliance, said- if RLD gets the vote, then the red hat people will have the government)
In the video, she said, “When leaders of SP were asked why they opened fire on innocent Ram devotees, they said that if they had to kill, they would have killed more. That’s why I have not come just to ask for votes for Sahendra ji, I am here to seek votes for every Ram devotee who lost their lives to the SP government.”
She further said, “You might think that the candidate is roaming with a hand pump, but I am talking about the cycle. If the RLD gets the votes and the support then a government will be formed by the red-hatted people. The women have said that they will not let it happen, I am here today to get the answer from the men.”
From the above statement, it is clear that the viral clip has been taken out of context and is being shared with a misleading claim.
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