Lok Sabha / PM Modi to visit Kedarnath today, Election Commission reminds him of poll code

India Today : May 18, 2019, 09:27 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin his two-day visit to Uttarakhand on Saturday to pay obeisance at Kedarnath and Badrinath.

While Narendra Modi will visit Kedarnath on Saturday, he will offer prayers at Badrinath on Sunday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said.

With campaigning for the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha polls ended on Thursday, the Election Commission (EC) is learnt to have given its nod to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines while "reminding" the prime minister's office (PMO) that the model code of conduct is still in force.

The prime minister's office is learnt to have sought the views of the Election Commission on the two-day official visit of PM Modi to Uttarakhand.

As it is an official visit, the Election Commission has only "reminded" the PMO that the model code of conduct which came into force on March 10 with the declaration of Lok Sabha polls, is still in force, sources aware of the development said.

The last and seventh phase of Lok Sabha polls is on May 19.

"The visit is official so it can be undertaken. But the office of the PM has been reminded that the poll code is still in force," a source said without elaborating.

PM Modi will undertake a two-day visit to Uttarakhand beginning May 18. While he will be in Kedarnath Saturday, he will visit Badrinath on Sunday before returning to Delhi on Sunday afternoon.