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Cong cries foul on Modi’s Kedarnath visit

Terms it violation of Model Code of Conduct, demands that commission should revoke the candidature of Narendra Modi from Varanasi seat

Terming the visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kedarnath, a day ahead the last phase of polling and its extensive coverage on different new channels including the government owned Doordarshan as violation of the Model Code of Conduct ( MCC) enforced in the country, the opposition Congress has demanded that the election commission should revoke the candidature of Narendra Modi from Varanasi seat. Even as PM Modi was paying his obeisance amid media glare at Kedarnath temple, a delegation of Congress knocked the door of the election commission on Saturday afternoon. The delegation comprising of Kedarnath MLA Manoj Rawat, party general secretary Godavari Thapli, Mahangar President Lal Chand Sharma and spokespersons R P Raturi, Garima Dasauni and others arrived at the office of election commission to met the Chief Electoral Officer ( CEO), Sowjanya on the day but handed over a memorandum to her deputy Mastu Das as she was not present there. Later talking to the media persons at Rajiv Bhawan, the state headquarters of the Congress party, the Kedanath MLA, Manoj Rawat said that it appears that the PM has become a habitual offender of violating MCC. He said that the way TV channels including the Doordarshan telecasted PM’s visit of Kedarnath clearly shows that the objective of Modi’s visit was to influence people when the election campaign  had came to an end. Launching a scathing attack on PM, the Kedaranth MLA said that he has made it a modus operandi to plan his visits to holy shrines during the elections. He said that similarly, the PM had visited Pashupatinath temple in Nepal on May 11 and 12, 2018 ahead of assembly polls in Karnataka to affect people of Shaiv sect of Karnataka.  Rawat added that PM also visited Kedarnath ahead of assembly election of Gujarat last year. The Vice President of the state unit of the Congress party, Surya Kant Dhasmana said that it has happened for the first time that TV cameras were placed at the sanctum sanctorum of Kedarnath to air pictures of PM offering his prayers. “We have no objection on PM coming to Kedarnath, he can visit the shrines as many times he wishes but our concern is on misuse of official machinery for the visit at the time when the model code of conduct is imposed in the country. Modi ji should not forget that Kedarnath is also called Moksha Dham,’’ he said. Sunday, 19 May 2019 | PNS | Dehradun  

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