GODS’ OWN COUN­TRY

India Today - - UPFRONT -

With Lok Sabha polls ap­proach­ing, po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Ut­tar Pradesh are busy ap­peas­ing their deities. Sa­ma­jwadi Party chief Akhilesh Ya­dav has an­nounced the con­struc­tion of a Vishnu tem­ple in Etawah. Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi, who bur­nished his Shivb­hakt cre­den­tials with a visit to Kailash Mansarovar last month, was wel­comed with chants of Bam Bam Bhole as he of­fered prayers with some hun­dred Kan­wariyas in Ame­thi. The Yogi Adityanath govern­ment is plan­ning to start con­struc­tion of a 151-me­tre-high statue of Lord Ram in Ay­o­d­hya in De­cem­ber. Twice the height of Qu­tub Mi­nar, it will cost over Rs 300 crore. The state govern­ment is look­ing for land on the Sarayu river­bank.

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