Congress accuses PM Modi of influencing Karnataka voters through Nepal temple visits

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Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot on Saturday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for visiting temples in Nepal when polling was underway in Karnataka, saying he was trying to influence voters. The external affairs ministry, however, refuted this allegation and said Mr Modi's visit to Nepal was decided soon after K.P. Sharma Oli's election as the Prime Minister. Mr Modi has become the first world leader to pay homage at the main sanctum of Muktinath temple. He also offered prayers at the Pashupatinath temple, located on the banks of the Bagmati river. This is not a good tradition in democracy.

The two countries have also agreed to expedite implementation of all pending projects of bilateral cooperation by Nepals Constitution Day in September, said Oli adding that multiple bilateral ministerial meetings will be held.

"Today, he chose a new way (to influence voters)".

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Modi yesterday wrapped up his two-day visit to Nepal during which he held talks with Oli and visited the famed 20th century Janaki temple, Mukhtinath and Pashupatinath temples.

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

Now Prime Minister Modi will depart for the Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu where he is scheduled to meet the Nepali Congress, former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda", former foreign affairs minister Upendra Yadav and the members of Rashtriya Janata Party.

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The local administration had put in place a special security plan to make Mr. Modi's visit safe and systematic.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now on a two-day visit to Nepal. "Whenever state visits take place they are decided as per the convenience of the two nations".

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