HYDERABAD: A letter purportedly written by Prime Minister Narendra Modi praising Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his contribution towards a 'Hindu Rashtra' is viral on social media.
In the purported letter, PM congratulated Yogi and his team for their contributions. He also informs him that his proposal for an airport in Ayodhya has been approved.
NewsMeter found that the viral letter is fake.
We found a similar letter from 2020 that was dismissed by the PIB and All India Radio News as fake. The 2020 fake letter was also addressed to Yogi and it consists of the same sentences.
We then compared the viral letter to official letters written by Modi and found that
1. The date is written in the (DD Month, YYYY) format, while in the viral letter it's in the (Month DD, YYYY) format.
2. The address of the recipient is mentioned at the bottom of the letter.
Furthermore, according to several news reports, the proposal for an international airport in Ayodhya was approved on February 26 much before the date mentioned in the viral letter.
The UP government's fact-checking team also debunked the news and claimed it as fake.
Evidently, a fake letter has been circulated on social media.