Fact Check: Did Akhilesh Yadav Wear Shoes During Father’s Funeral? Here’s the Truth

On October 11, Mulayam Singh Yadav, often known as “Netaji,” had his last rites performed in Safai, Uttar Pradesh. Against this backdrop, social media users are sharing the image of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav with MP Jaya Bachchan, claiming that Akhilesh kept his shoes on during his father’s funeral. 

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “ऐसी कपूत औलाद भगवान दुश्मन को भी ना दें, जो अपने बाप के अंतिम संस्कार में ना जूते उतारे ना जैकेट उतारे ना टोपी उतारे बल्कि जैकेट के ऊपर ही जनेऊ डालकर बड़ा नेता बनकर ही बाप का अंतिम संस्कार करता है। अपने बाप की अर्थी के सामने भी जो कपूत नेता बनकर खड़ा रहे ऐसे कपूत औलाद भगवान दुश्मन को भी न दे। मित्रो विधायक, सांसद, मंत्री, मुख्यमंत्री बनकर हजारों करोड़ की संपति अर्जित करके क्या फायदा? जब सगा बेटा अंतिम संस्कार भी ठीक से नहीं करे” (English translation: God should not give such a son to the enemy, who neither takes off his shoes nor takes off his jacket and cap at the funeral of his father, but performs the last rites of the father only by becoming a big leader by putting a thread on the jacket. Even in front of his father’s mother, who stood as a leader, God should not give such a son to the enemy. Friends, what is the use of earning thousands of crores of wealth by becoming MLA, MP, minister, or chief minister? When the real son also does not perform the last rites properly.)

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

ABP news has carried the same viral image, dated October 12, 2022. The image caption reads: “Samajwadi Party MP and Amitabh Bachchan’s wife Jaya Bachchan also reached Saifai directly from Mumbai. Where he paid tribute to Netaji.” Though, in this image, one cannot clearly see Akhilesh Yadav’s feet. 

Another image taken within a time-frame of a few minutes shows Akhilesh Yadav wearing black socks and not shoes, as claimed in the viral image. We also zoomed in on the viral image and can see Akhilesh Yadav with the same black socks. 

The official Twitter handle of the Samajwadi Party also shared images from Mulayam Yadav’s funeral and Akhilesh can be seen in black socks.

Thus, it is evident that the viral claim about Akhilesh Yadav wearing shoes during his father’s funeral is misleading. 

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