Fact Check: Man in viral picture is not elder brother of UP CM Yogi Adityanath

A photo of a man bearing a closer resemblance to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is going viral on social media. Users claim that he is Yogi's elder brother.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  7 Oct 2021 5:30 AM GMT
Fact Check: Man in viral picture is not elder brother of UP CM Yogi Adityanath

Hyderabad: A photo of a man bearing a closer resemblance to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is going viral on social media. Users claim that he is Yogi's elder brother.

"The elder brother of UP CM still survives on the meager earnings. He runs a small tea stall. Compare him with the relatives of Maya, Mamata, Akhilesh, Lalu, Chidambaram, and Sonia Gandhi (sic)," reads the English translation of the message.

Original claim: "योगी जी के बड़े भाई अभी भी एक छोटी सी चाय-स्टॉल चलाते हैँ!

जरा इनकी तुलना कीजिये माया, मोमता, अखिलेश, लालू, चिदंबरम,और सोनिया के खानदानों से."


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Fact check:

The claim is false.

With the help of the Internet, NewsMeter ran a keyword search on Google to find out the details about Yogi Adityanath's family members. Our fact-check team found an article published by DNA on October 25, 2017.

The article stated that Adityanath has three brothers. Manvendra Mohan is elder to him and Shailendra and Mahendra Mohan are younger to him. Yogi Adityanath was the second of four brothers and three sisters.

https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/yogi-adityanath-birthday-special-lesser-known-facts-about-uttar-pradesh-cm

Taking a cue from this, we ran a keyword search on YouTube and found an ABP news interview of Yogi Adityanath's family members published on March 19, 2017.

His two brothers can be seen in the interview.


The fact-checker also found an India Today report published on October 25, 2017. It gave details about Yogi Adityanath's brother Shailendra Mohan. The article reported that Shailendra was then working as a subedar in the Indian Army and deployed on the Line of Actual Control with China.

Here is a comparison between the man present in the viral photo and the three brothers of Yogi Adityanath.


Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:A picture of a man is an elder brother of UP CM Yogi Adityanath.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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