A video of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and national president of the Samajwadi Party (SP) Akhilesh Yadav in a heated argument while on stage at an SP event is circulating online. The tweet below, posted by @BeingVikas99, drew over 87,000 views and close to 5,000 retweets as of this writing.

The video has also been shared by other users.

It is also circulating on Facebook with the same caption in Hindi – “ये विडियोज़ मिडिया नहीं दिखा पाई अखिलेश यादव का असली रूप.” (The media will not air this video. The true form of Akhilesh Yadav.)

Old video

A Facebook search with the caption being used to share the video throws up links from 2018. The one below has close to 4 million views.


ये विडियोज़ मिडिया नहीं दिखा पाई अखिलेश यादव का असली रूप

Posted by Kamal Jeet Singh Sohal on Monday, 2 July 2018

But the incident dates back to 2016 when Akhilesh Yadav had an altercation with his uncle and SP leader Shivpal Yadav. The video also shows Mulayam Singh Yadav intervene.

Several media organisations had reported on the brawl that took place at an SP meet.

According to Deccan Herald, “The bile-filled exchanges came a day after the continuing battle of attrition between Akhilesh and his uncle Shivpal Yadav, state SP chief, saw the Chief Minister sacking Shivpal and three other ministers close to him, and Mulayam striking back with vengeance expelling from the party for six years his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav. Ram Gopal, a Rajya Sabha member. has been backing Akhilesh in his fight against Shivpal.”

A five-year-old video was, thus, shared as recent.

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