DEHRADUN, March 31 -- Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat's announcement that a War Memorial coming up in Deharadun would be developed as Sainya Dham drew high praise from veterans but political analysts see in it "a tactic" to influence the ex-servicemen with an eye on the coming general elections.

"We've decided to develop Shaurya Sthal (War Memorial) coming up in the city's Chirbagh area near cantonment as Sainya Dham in honour of our soldiers," Rawat said while speaking at a function held at the state BJP office here on Saturday.

The announcement came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing an election rally in Rudrapur, said a Sainya Dham should be developed in Uttarakhand. The mountain state is known for the Chard...