A post is doing rounds on social media with a claim that Congress leader and spiritual guru Acharya Pramod Krishnam’s real name is Gul Shamad Khan.
The post shows a snapshot of Wikipedia that states ‘Acharya’s original name is Gul Shamad Khan’.
The caption of the post on Facebook read: ‘*कांग्रेस के नेता आचार्य प्रमोद कृष्णम*, जो टीवी पर साधु बन के आता है उसका असली नाम है ,*गुल शमद खान*’.
(Translation- Congress leader Acharya Pramod Krishnam’s, who pretends to be godman on TV, real name is Gul Shamad Khan)
NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found the claim to be fake.
Congress leader Acharya Pramod Krishnam contested the 2019 general elections from Lucknow constituency. On putting some keywords through Google search, we found the election affidavit filed by him.
In the affidavit, he had mentioned his name as Acharya Pramod Krishnam and his father’s name as Late Jaswanth Singh. He did not mention any other aliases to his name.
Further, we found a report by Business Standard dated April 20, 2019. “Who is Acharya Pramod Krishnam? (IANS Interview)”, the headline of the report read. The report states that Krishnam was ‘born on January 4, 1965, in a Brahmin family in Bihar’.
Lastly, we checked the revision history of Achraya’s Wikipedia page and found the sentence ‘He belongs to a Muslim family and his original name is Gul Shamad Khan’ is added on May 4, 2021. No citation has been provided for the edited information. However, the information is again edited on 13 July 2021 and the sentence about his ‘original name’ and ‘Muslim family’ has been removed.
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The above information proves that Acharya Pramod Krishnam’s real name is not Gul Shamad Khan. Hence, the claim attached to the post is FAKE.