A video of a speech of Samajwadi party leader, Akhilesh Yadav has gone viral on social media. The video is being shared out of context to claim that Akhilesh Yadav has given credit to Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah for the freedom of India.
In the viral video, Akhilesh Yadav is heard saying, “Jinnah studied in one institute and became a barrister, he got us freedom, he struggled in all ways.”
BJP Uttar Pradesh shared the video with a caption that reads, “अखिलेश यादव मानते हैं कि जिन्ना ने देश को आजादी दिलाई। जबकि सच ये है कि जिन्ना ने देश तोड़कर पाकिस्तान बनाया। क्या अखिलेश देश के टुकड़े करने वाले के साथ हैं? सरदार पटेल की जयंती पर जिन्ना से प्रेम क्यों पूछ रहा उत्तर प्रदेश। माफी मांगें अखिलेश।” (Which translates in English as, “Akhilesh Yadav believes that Jinnah brought freedom to the country. Whereas the truth is that Jinnah broke the country and created Pakistan. Is Akhilesh with the one who broke the country? Why is Uttar Pradesh asking love for Jinnah on the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel? Sorry Akhilesh.”) The link to the post can be seen here and its archive can be seen here.
Free Press Journal also reported about it with the caption that reads, “Watch: Akhilesh Yadav claims Jinnah got us ‘azadi’; netizens question ‘studied from WhatsApp University?'” archive can be seen here.
The post is widely being shared on Twitter.
A Twitter user Shyam Meera Singh had shared a longer version of the video. In the longer version, he said that Patel, Gandhi, Nehru, Jinnah all went to the same institute, became barristers and got freedom for the nation. They never backed from any kind of struggle. The entire clip was edited to portray that Akhilesh said ‘Jinnah got us freedom.’
अखिलेश ने अपने भाषण में कहा- “पटेल, गांधी, नेहरू,जिन्ना एक ही संस्थान से पढ़ें, बेरिस्टर बने, और देश को आज़ादी दिलाई.” लेकिन संघियों द्वारा लास्ट में जिन्ना वाले शब्द से वीडियो क्रॉप करके शेयर किया जा रहा है कि अखिलेश ने कहा है- जिन्ना ने आज़ादी दिलाई
ये होता है आधा सच, पूरा झूठ pic.twitter.com/g5rM9dwkuu
— Shyam Meera Singh (@ShyamMeeraSingh) October 31, 2021
ANI also tweeted a longer version of the video with the caption that reads, “Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and (Muhammad Ali) Jinnah studied in the same institute. They became barristers and fought for India’s freedom… It was Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who imposed a ban on an ideology (RSS): SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.”
#WATCH | Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and (Muhammad Ali) Jinnah studied in the same institute. They became barristers and fought for India's freedom… It was Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who imposed a ban on an ideology (RSS): SP chief Akhilesh Yadav pic.twitter.com/Pz3HkSrqn8
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 31, 2021
We also found that the YouTube channel Samajwadi Akhilesh had also uploaded the full version of the video on November 1, 2021. At around 9:41 timestamp, he can be heard making the viral comment. The description associated with the video read, “Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s brilliant speech on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti from Lucknow Public School, Hardoi.”
Conclusion: An edited version of the video has gone viral with the claim that Akhilesh Yadav said Jinnah got us freedom.