Fact Check: Does This Picture Show Akhilesh Yadav Performing the Last Rites of Mulayam Singh?

Three-time Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav passed away at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram on October 10, 2022, at the age of 82.

In the above context, a picture is being circulated on social media with a claim that it shows SP chief Akhilesh Yadav performing the last rites of Mulayam Singh.

The image is being shared with the text:जीवन का असीम पीड़ादायक पल 😢 #netaji 😭#AkhileshYadav (English translation: Endless painful moment of life 😢 #netaji 😭 #AkhileshYadav)

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found that the picture is not of Akhilesh Yadav.

Searching through several videos and pictures from the last rites of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh, it was found that the attire of Akhilesh Yadav and location in those were different from the viral image.

The pictures of the funeral were shared by the verified Twitter handle of Samajwadi Party on October 11, 2022.

Several media reports also shared the footage from Mulayam Singh’s funeral. See the video reports here and here.

Running the viral image through a Reverse Image Search, we traced it back to a Facebook user, Ashish Misra.

According to another post by Ashish Misra, dated October 11, 2022, his father Veer Vikram Bahadur Mishra passed away on October 10, and his funeral will take place on October 11 in Lucknow.

Thus, it is clear that the picture is not of Akhilesh Yadav and the post is misleading.

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