PM Modi offers special prayer at Muktinath temple in Nepal

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The Muktinath Temple is regarded as a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley.

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.

Congress leaders said Modi's stress on Ayodhya at the public meeting organised in Janakpur and relayed the whole day through television channels was an extended campaign for Karnataka. Alleging violation of the model code of conduct, Gehlot said Modi's temple visits in Nepal were being aired on the day of polling in Karnataka. This is not a good trend for democracy.

A high-security alert has been maintained in Mustang in view of PM Modi's visit.

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Although Gehlot flagged the issue, Congress leaders were not willing to discuss it publicly to avoid any major controversy on poll day.

"It clearly shows that Modi came to know that BJP would be defeated".

Now, the Opposition Congress has raised an objection to the Prime Minister's temple visits on a day when polling was being held in Karnataka.

"When I was the prime minister then, I was adamant not to visit India without the blockade being lifted first", Oli recalled the situation before he visited New Delhi in 2016. An environment was created to take forward Nepal-India relations based on mutual benefit, Oli said while claiming that national interests were kept in mind while dealing with India and no compromise will be made. "Since we have entered a new era, we all must move on the course of stability, development and prosperity by assuming global policies and responsibilities", Prime Minister Oli said quoted Modi as telling him. "Whenever state visits take place they are decided as per the convenience of the two nations".

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