Fact Check: The letter going viral in the name of BJP leader Annamalai regarding Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Yogi Adityanath is fake

Lighthouse Journalism came across a letter in the name of Tamil Nadu BJP state president K. Annamalai, which was going viral. The letter read, ‘Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should be made the next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in the last month of 2024. The next Chief Minister of Haryana in 2024 will be the current Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.’ The letter was written on a letterhead and was signed by K. Annamalai. During investigation, we found that the letter is fake.

What is the claim?

X User Akash Yadav shared the viral letter on his profile.

View the archived version of this post here.

https://archive.ph/VLQEi

Other users are also sharing this letter.

Investigation:

We began our investigation by using reverse image search and found that the social media handles of BJP Tamil Nadu and even BJP leader K Annamalai’s handle had shared this letterhead earlier.

We also noticed that the grammatically incorrect text in the viral letter was incorrect.

Through reverse image search we found a similar looking letterhead.

The text on the letterhead was different but the rest, including the signature, looked the same.

In the next phase of investigation, we contacted K. Annamalai’s personal secretary. He told us that the viral letter is fake.

conclusion: The viral letter in the name of Tamil Nadu BJP chief K. Annamalai is fake. He has not issued any such letter stating that Shivraj Singh Chouhan will become the CM of Uttar Pradesh and Yogi Adityanath will become the CM of Haryana.

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