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PM Modi’s two-day visit to Kedarnath and Badrinath begins today


A day after election campaign ended, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday begin his two-day visit to Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines in Uttarakhand. While PM Modi will be in Kedarnath on Saturday, he will visit Badrinath on Sunday before returning to Delhi in the afternoon.

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.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah will go to Somnath on Saturday morning. He will offer prayers at Somnath temple with his family members.

(With PTI inputs)

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