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Fact Check: No, government has not decided to Uttar Pradesh capital city as 'Lakshmanpur'

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A message is being widely shared on social media falsely claiming that the capital of UP will be renamed as 'Lakshmanpur.' No such announcement has been made till the time of writing this story.

Recently, a post is being widely shared on social media platforms stating that Uttar Pradesh's capital, Lucknow will be renamed as 'Lakshmanpur.'

A user named Doctor Sima tweeted, "Lucknow will now be named Laxmanpur. A statue of 151 fit tall Laxman ji will also be installed !! Yogiji slowly." (Translated from Hindi)

On further checking, we found that several other users on Facebook and Twitter are sharing the same message. 

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be partly false. Reportedly, a 151-ft high Lakshman statue to be built in Lucknow. However, no such announcement regarding the government's decision to rename Lucknow as 'Lakshmanpur' has been made till the time of filing this story.

With the help of relevant keyword search, we found a report by the 'Hindustan Times' according to which, "151-foot-high statue of Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Ram, would be installed in the state capital Lucknow, the city’s municipal corporation’s executive committee decided ." The same was reported on Jagran's website

However, we did not find any report from credible sources claiming that the government has decided to rename Lucknow as 'Lakshmanpur' has been made till the time of filing this story.

On further checking, we found a video of 'The state of the state' conclave uploaded on India Today's YouTube channel on November 3, 2018. The video shows former UP MLA Late Lal G Tandon expressing his desire to name the capital of UP as 'Lakshmanpur'. But no such official announcement has been made.

In conclusion, a message is being widely shared on social media falsely claiming that the capital of UP will be renamed as 'Lakshmanpur.' No such announcement has been made till the time of writing this story.

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