Did Akhilesh Yadav say that BJP will win all the seats in ABP live? No, it’s an edited video!

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This must be fear, I liked this fear of yours.

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As Lok Sabha elections are approaching, the news channels are flooded with many campaign interviews by both the party leaders and their coalitions.

In one instance, a video of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav speaking with an ABP host goes viral online. An infographic titled “Akhilesh is changing candidates again and again due to fear of defeat” is shared with this video. The host is heard asking him how many seats he will win here. Several more clips and news montages follow, in which he says he is switching the candidates out of fear.

This post is shared with a claim stating, “This must be fear, I liked this fear of yours.” You can view related claim posts here and here.

What’s the truth?

Beginning our examination with the viral video’s keyframes, we were able to locate the original, which ABP News had posted on March 23, 2024.

The video was live-streamed and captioned as “Akhilesh Yadav LIVE on 2024 elections. Akhilesh Yadav’s Interview On ABP.” This is a lengthy video with a timeline of 40 minutes and 5 seconds.

After hearing the entire video, we realized that the 38:35 mark is where the viral content appears. The host can be heard asking, “Since Yogi said that they will get 80 out of 80, at this point. How many seats will you win, please tell us.”

Akhilesh is heard stating, “Everyone will win except one,” in response to this. The host is heard asking, “Who is left now?” and “Anyone can be one,” he responds. Even if there is a good prime minister, he won’t last long because I don’t get to choose who wins and who loses. Finally, the presenter says, “Let’s see on June 4th and thank Akhilesh for his precious time.”

This indicates that the video clip that has been shared here has been edited from the original and has been shared out of context. Akhilesh Yadav also refrained from saying that his party would only win one seat. We hear him predict that the BJP will win one seat and lose the rest.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, the widely circulated rumor that Akhilesh is claiming he will only win one seat because of fear is a modified clip of a video that has been shared out of context. He said that BJP will win only one seat and lose the rest.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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