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PM Modi 'Influencing' Karnataka Elections By Visiting Nepal, Says Congress

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| May 13 , 2018 , 08:02 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for his busy schedule, but as he left Karnataka where he had been campaigning for the state elections to go to Nepal for an official 2-day visit, the Congress party alleged on Saturday that the trip to Nepal was aimed at influencing the Karnataka elections.

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

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Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, who was in Nepal with PM Modi responded saying that the Nepal visit had been planned months beforehand on February 12 when PM Modi called and congratulated K P Oli for becoming the new Nepal PM.

"When PM Modi had telephoned Prime Minister Oli upon his election as the Prime Minister of Nepal, they had discussed the visit then. Prime Minister Oli had then expressed his desire for an early visit by Prime Minister Modi. They had discussed the visits, and the Prime Minister(Modi) had said you (Oli) come first," Gokhale said.

"So that's how the sequence has been, first Prime Minister Oli visited India and now PM( Modi) is in Nepal," he added.

Whenever state visits take place, they are decided as per the convenience of the two nations. No one Prime Minister alone can say that it will come at this time," said the foreign secretary.

The Karnataka elections took place on Saturday, the second day of PM Modi's visit to Nepal.

Ravindran Srinivasan

This Is the Biggest Joke Of the Year , That Modi Is influencing Karntaka Election , Visiting Temple , What People Vote Through Ballot , Can It Be Changed Because Modi Prayed In Mukthi Nath Or At Pashupathi Nath ? Visiting Temple I cannot Understand Even In A Voting State Like Karnataka Is Violating Model Code Of Conduct . It is ridiculous To Take Such Aspects To Blind Reasoning & Accusing The PM ,