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Cong accuses PM to 'influence' Karnataka voters through Nepal temple visits

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today accused of trying to influence voters in on the polling day through his temple visits in

today prayed at Nepal's iconic that is regarded sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists, becoming the first world to offer prayers there.

He also offered prayers at the Pashupatinath temple, located on the banks of the The is regarded as the most sacred and oldest (Pashupati) in

Polling is underway in 222 out of 224 seats in which is witnessing a three-cornered contest.

Senior alleged that the had timed his visit to the nation on the poll date, and was "giving a message to Hindus" in the southern state.

Alleging violation of the model code of conduct, he said Modi's temple visits in were being aired on the day of polling in Karnataka.

This is not a good tradition in a democracy. In also, he held a road show after voting.Today, he has adopted a new path. When Karnataka is polling today, he has gone to Nepal and is worshipping in temples there, as he could not do so in the southern state due to elections," Gehlot said.

The said Modi, through his temple visits, was giving out a message to voters in Karnataka of how religious he was and that he was a Hindu.

"If one asks him (Modi), no other person is Hindu, except the BJP and RSS people, besides him and Amit Shah," he said.

On the Nepal visit being planned earlier, the former reiterated that the had timed his Nepal visit to coincide with the Karnataka polls.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 15:35 IST
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