FACT CHECK: Old image of Akhilesh Yadav wearing footwear while serving food shared as recent

A picture of former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav serving food to women is circulating on social media.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  19 Oct 2021 3:45 AM GMT
FACT CHECK: Old image of Akhilesh Yadav wearing footwear while serving food  shared as recent

HYDERABAD: A picture of former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav serving food to women is circulating on social media. Users claim that Yadav disrespected Navratri Kanya Puja by not taking off his footwear while serving food.

"Akhilesh Yadav feeds the girl wearing shoes in Navratri!!" read the message.



FACT CHECK:

The claim that this incident is recent is false.

NewsMeter found the same image tweeted by Yadav in July 2016. The image was taken during the launch of 'Hausala Nutrition Scheme', a scheme that provides meals to pregnant women & malnourished children.

According to Business Standard, the UP government launched the scheme in June 2016. For effective implementation, Yadav adopted one village in Shravasti district under state nutrition mission. Under the scheme, pregnant women and malnourished children would be provided cooked food and one fruit each along with consultation to pregnant women and kin of malnourished children.

According to Patrika, a Hindi media outlet, during the launch of the Hausala Nutrition Scheme, Yadav was distributing food to women. While doing so, a lady's plate was right next to his shoe. This led to a controversy.

Akhilesh Yadav was trolled for this incident too.

The scheme died down soon. According to Amar Ujala, due to the non-availability of funds from the government, pregnant women could not get food at the centers.

Evidently, the viral image is from a 2016 incident. It did not take place during 2021 Navratri Kanya Puja.

Thus, the claim is false.

Claim Review:An image of a former UP CM wearing footwear and serving food during the Navratri Kanya Puja.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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