Fact Check: Did SP Leader Akhilesh Yadav Say He’ll Rename Ayodhya If Voted To Power? Here’s The Truth

A screengrab of a news bulletin is being shared on social media with a claim that Samajwadi party leader and former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said that he will change the name of Ayodhya if voted to power.

“सपा के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष माननीय अखिलेश यादव जी कहते हैं कि अब हमारी सरकार बनी तो अयोध्या का नाम बदल देंगे क्या इसी के लिए अखिलेश को चुनाव जिताना जरूरी है,” the facebook post read.

(English Translation: National President of SP, Honorable Akhilesh Yadav ji says that if our government is formed now, we will change the name of Ayodhya…is this why Akhilesh wants to win the election?)

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.

We noticed that the screengrab has the logo of Republic Bharat on it. Taking a cue, we ran a keyword search and found the original report by the media organisation.

The headline of the report dated November 27, 2021, read, “Yogi Adityanath Says ‘Akhilesh Yadav Will Rename Ayodhya, Prayagraj’ If He Comes To Power.”

The report quoted UP CM Yogi Adityanath as saying, “On one side there was Jinnah followers who stayed in Govt and made sure to increase violence in UP, created security problems, didn’t allow women to go to school and on the other side, there is BJP which has brought ganne ki mithas (sweet as sugarcane) development in the state. Both Akhilesh Yadav and Owaisi have the same language, they both say that if they come to power in UP they will change the names of Ayodhya and Prayagraj.”

The same report was also present on the YouTube channel of Republic Bharat.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that a single screengrab from a video report has been taken out of context and is being shared with a false claim.

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