A screengrab from a Republic Bharat broadcast is viral on social media. It reads, “SP to change the name of Ayodhya if it comes to power”. It is claimed that Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav allegedly made this campaign promise. One Twitter user wrote, “Akhilesh Yadav is challenging us Hindus. What do you say, shall we knock the SP out of this election?” (Archive link)

The image is also widespread on Twitter. In fact, a few users also amplified the claim without the accompanying photo. Among them were VHP Spokesperson Vijay Shankar Tiwari and Bhupesh Chaubey of the BJP.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The image is also being circulated widely on Facebook. It was posted to a few Facebook, including ‘I am with Rohit Sardana‘, ‘I Support Raja Singh‘, ‘Kapil Mishra Fans’, and ‘Yogi Adityanath Fans’.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Alt News performed a keyword search on YouTube and found a November 27 video report by Republic Bharat. The channel reported that Yogi Adityanath took a jab at Akhilesh Yadav by saying that if the SP won in Uttar Pradesh, the party would change Ayodhya’s name. This comment, made by the UP chief minister in an interview, appears at the 2:40 mark of the video attached below. Adityanath said that if the Samajwadi Party wins, it will change back the names of Ayodhya and Prayagraj.

His statement is as follows, “Akhilesh Yadav and Owaisi speak the same language. Owaisi says that he will change Ayodhya’s name back. And Akhilesh Yadav says the same thing, that if his party came to power he would reverse the Ayodhya and Prayagraj name changes. They both give the same kind of statements and do the same kind of work. They complement one another. There’s no difference between the two.”

Alt News performed another keyword search to confirm whether Akhilesh Yadav had indeed made such a remark. However, we did not find any media reports that corroborated this.

Thus, it was Yogi Adityanath, not Akhilesh Yadav, who claimed that the Samajwadi Party would change Ayodhya’s name if the SP came to power in Uttar Pradesh.

Donate to Alt News!
Independent journalism that speaks truth to power and is free of corporate and political control is possible only when people start contributing towards the same. Please consider donating towards this endeavour to fight fake news and misinformation.

Donate Now

About the Author

Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.