Fact Check: Old Image Viral To Claim Mulayam Singh Yadav Met Yogi Adityanath Post UP Elections

Post Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022, a photograph of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Singh Yadav has gone viral on social media.

The image is being shared with a claim, Samajwadi Party leaders met Yogi Adityanath post UP Polls to congratulate him. The caption associated with the image reads, “जीत की हार्दिक बधाई देने पहुचे चाचा शिवपाल पापा मुलायम सिंह व अखिलेश यादव इसे कहते है राजनीति भाई राजनीति के चक्कर में आपसी संबंध खराब ना करें.”(English translation, “Uncle Shivpal, Papa Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh Yadav reached to congratulate them on their victory. This is called politics. Brother, don’t spoil mutual relations because of politics.”)

The link to the post can be seen here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.

On doing a Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same image was uploaded by Hindustan Times on July 12, 2019, with the caption: “This photo of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav with CM Yogi Adityanath on Monday became the latest trigger for the patch-up murmurs.”

A similar image was also uploaded by India Content with the caption that read, “Lucknow Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath meets Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav Akhilesh Yadav and Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Chief Shivpal Yadav in Lucknow on June 10 2019. Mulayam was admitted to hospital yesterday due to high levels of blood sugar. Photo IANS.”

Hence, an old image of Yogi Adityanath meeting Samajwadi Party leaders has gone viral with a claim that they went to congratulate Yogi Adityanath post BJP’s win in UP Assembly Polls 2022.

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