GODS’ OWN COUNTRY
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.