Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has promised the people of the state that he would build a city spread over 2000 acres in the name of 'Lord Vishnu', including a massive temple similar to Cambodia's Angkor Wat, should his party come to power.
Akhilesh Yadav suggested that the 'Lord Vishnu' city would be built near the Lion's safari in Etawah. He claimed to have conceptualised it as a seat of knowledge and culture of ancient times. As per sources, the former CM is ready to do a reconnaissance of the land and come up with a plan right away.
Responding to Akhilesh Yadav's plan, which comes just days after UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya spoke about a legislative route for the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, BJP leader and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told Republic TV, "They know they aren't coming to power in 2019. So there is no harm in making promises."
Earlier, while speaking about the long-running Ram Mandir dispute, which is being heard in the Supreme Court even as deliberations are in progress to bring about a settlement, Keshav Prasad Maurya had hinted: "When such a need arises that there is no way out except bringing a Bill, I am fully confident that in such a situation and when we have adequate strength (in both Houses of Parliament), remember these two things...".
Later, while defending his statement, the UP Deputy CM said, “People have faith that Supreme Court’s judgment will come soon and it will remove the obstacles in the way of constructing Ram Temple.”
Maurya further said, “Either the judgment will come soon or we'll find a solution through dialogue. The third option of passing a law in the Parliament is also open.”
Following Maurya’s statement on the Ram Mandir issue, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed him calling his statement “atrocious”. “A responsible Deputy Chief Minister of a state government is making such atrocious and obnoxious statement, when the Ayodhya matter is pending in the Supreme Court, he has no right to talk in this language,” said Owaisi.
The AIMIM chief also claimed that Maurya’s statement reflects the frustration of the BJP and the RSS. “This clearly indicates that the members of BJP and RSS are frustrated. They promised a lot over Ram Mandir but when they could not fulfil the promises, they became frustrated", Owaisi said.