New Delhi, May 12: Why Congress is sniffing politics in PM Narendra Modi's Nepal visit where he primarily focused on visiting temples. Political punits argue that the timing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Nepal visit cannot be missed. Most of the priests in the famous Shiv temple Pashupatinath Temple are from Karnataka and the strategically important voters, the Ligayats, will certainly find this gesture of the PM very pleasant.
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot minced no words when he said that the PM was violating the Model Code of Conduct by visiting temples as the timing of visiting temples was not right. He said in as many words, "As there is Model Code of Conduct in Karnataka, PM Modi planned to pray at temples in Nepal instead, just to influence voters. This is not a good trend for democracy. Why did he only choose today as the day?"
PM Modi today prayed at Nepal's iconic Muktinath temple that is regarded sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists, becoming the first world leader to offer prayers there.
He also offered prayers at the Pashupatinath temple, located on the banks of the Bagmati river. The Pashupatinath temple is regarded as the most sacred and oldest temple of Shiva (Pashupati) in Nepal.
Polling is underway in 222 out of 224 seats in Karnataka which is witnessing a three-cornered contest.
The AICC general secretary 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 Rajasthan chief minister reiterated that the prime minister had timed his Nepal visit to coincide with the Karnataka polls.
News24Bureau with Agencies