Not anymore Faizabad Cantt railway station, on the eve of Dusshera defence minister @rajnathsingh Ji approves the proposal of changing it as Ayodhya Cantt railway station.
Jai Shree Ram..!
It is claimed that Faizabad Cantt railway station is renamed as Ayodhya Cantt and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved the proposal to change it. These posts with such claims can be seen here, here, here, here and here.
What is the truth?
Defence Ministry approved the proposal to rename Faizabad Cantt as Ayodhya Cantt on 4, October 2022. The government order is yet to be released.
The UP government has renamed the ‘Faizabad’ district as ‘Ayodhya’ in November 2018.
Faizabad Junction railway station was renamed as Ayodhya Cantt on 2, November 2021 with the approval of CM Yogi Adityanath and the Government Order can be seen here.
This news was published by several media outlets in November 2021. ANI covered this when the decision to change the name was taken by CM Yogi Adityanath in October 2021.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath has taken the decision to rename Faizabad railway junction as Ayodhya Cantt.: Chief Minister's office pic.twitter.com/94f2yckY0W
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) October 23, 2021
ANI tweeted when Faizabad Junction railway station was renamed as Ayodhya Cantt in November 2021.
Faizabad Junction railway station re-named to Ayodhya Cantt. railway station in Lucknow Division of Northern Railways
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) November 2, 2021
A few claims have mentioned the source as ANI. When searching ANI’s Twitter page for recent news, a correction update tweet related to the claim is found along with an old tweet’s image.
Correction | Defence minister Rajnath Singh approves the proposal to change the name of Faizabad Cantt to Ayodhya Cantt: Sources pic.twitter.com/OqaViTAG2e
— ANI (@ANI) October 4, 2022
ANI tweeted it as ‘Faizabad Cantt railway station’ instead of ‘Faizabad Cantt’ and later deleted it. Then a correction update was tweeted with proper names. But the social media users continue to share it as Faizabad Cantt railway station.
Earlier in June 2018, Mughalsarai railway station was renamed after RSS fanatic Deen Dayal Upadhyay. In October 2018, Allahabad was renamed as Prayagraj by the UP government.
Faizabad Cantt is to be renamed as Ayodhya Cantt and not Faizabad Cantt railway station. Faizabad Junction Railway Station was already renamed as Ayodhya Cantt in November 2021.