Sankar, 50, president of the party's agriculture wing in Eragudi, who claims he has been a Modi admirer for about a decade, installed Mr. Modi’s idol two days ago.
He could only construct the temple now as crops had failed repeatedly, and earnings were paltry. "Now that there is considerable returns from agricultural operations, thanks to the spells of rainfall in recent months, I could realise my dream. If not for the funding under a Central Scheme, I could not have raised tapioca in my farm through drip-irrigation method," Mr. Sankar said, hoping the temple could be consecrated in the presence of senior BJP leaders. He claims he has been sleeping on a cot close to the temple at night, fearing it may be vandalised.