PM Modi 'influencing' voters with Nepal visit: Congress

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Nepal Premier K P Sharma Oli today thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day after his visit to the Himalayan nation. "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".

The Karnataka elections took place on Saturday, the second day of PM Modi's visit to Nepal. In Gujarat also, he held a road show after voting. Situated at 3710 metres above the sea level in Mustang district, Muktinath temple is regarded sacred by Hindus and Buddhists.

The Congress on Saturday alleged that PM Narendra Modi's visit to temples in Nepal is aimed at influencing voters in Karnataka where polling is being held today.

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.

Briefing Nepals Parliament on Prime Minister Modis two-day state visit, Oli said the visit has elevated bilateral ties to new heights.

Prime Minister Modi will also attend a civic reception to be hosted in his honour by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City. While addressing a gathering in Janakpur on Friday, Modi even said that he came to Nepal as "chief pilgrim" and not as prime minister. "In India, only RSS-BJP people, Modiji and Amit Shahji (BJP President) are Hindus, the rest of Hindus don't stay in India". Mr Oli had visited India in April. From the Muktinath Temple visit.

Now Prime Minister Modi will depart for the Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu where he is scheduled to meet the Nepali Congress, former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda", former foreign affairs minister Upendra Yadav and the members of Rashtriya Janata Party.