Akhilesh Yadav promises grand temple

Akhilesh Yadav promises grand temple

No, this is not the magnificent Ram temple that the BJP has been promising for decades.  This is not in Ayodhya.  Ahead of the 2019 elections, Samajwadi Party leader and former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has talked of a new kind of temple.  

"We will develop a city over 2,000 acres of land near Etawah.  It will be named after Lord Vishnu.  There will stand a grand Vishnu Temple that will be on the lines of the famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia," Yadav has said.

This is being seen as an attempt to woo the Hindu vote bank.  The media often calls it 'Soft Hindutva'.  It has to be seen what the BJP will do to effectively neuter Yadav's attempts to woo the saffron vote bank.