PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at Kedarnath

Campaigning ends PM Modi's two-day visit to Kedarnath and Badrinath begins today

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"Election campaign for last phase of polling for Lok Sabha polls is over, surprisingly Narendra Modi's Kedarnath yatra is being widely covered by the media for the last 2 days".

This was PM's fourth visit to the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the last two years.

Modi later took an all-terrain vehicle to go around and review the reconstruction work in Kedarnath, which was extensively damaged in the June 2013 deluge.

Besides, Naidu also noted the dissent expressed by Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa over clean chits given to Modi and BJP president Amit Shah over allegations of poll code violations.

Claiming that the "Modi chants" in the background were "well calculated" with the intention to influence voters, the TMC spokesperson said, "Every minute details of his activity during his visit is widely publicised with an ulterior motive to influence voters either directly or indirectly even on the date of polls". "I don't believe in asking for, because God only wants us to give. all I want is Baba Kedarnath bestows his blessings not just upon India but the entire mankind". "I am fortunate to visit the temple on multiple occasions". "This is a gross violation of the Model Code Of Conduct", said Derek O'Brien, leader of the TMC Parliamentary Party in the Rajya Sabha. Sharing his development model for Uttarakhand, Modi said, "The model has emphasis on three aspects - natural, environment and tourism".

The media's presence, he said, will send a message that the town has been developed well.

The TDP chief said if the telecast of Modi's activities does not stop, it could "affect the level playing field" envisaged by the MCC, which the Commission is "duty-bound to implement". Modi said he remained cut off from the outside world as there was no communication link to the cave he stayed in and he kept looking at the Kedarnath shrine through a small window in the cave. Vacation at Kedarnath, not Dubai or Singapore: PM Draped in a saffron shawl, Modi was seen meditating inside the cave.

In 2017, he visited it once in May after its gate were opened following a six-month winter break and again in October, before the temple again closed for the winter.

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