NEW DELHI: On Saturday, General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) Sitaram Yechury alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) with footage of his Kedarnath religious activity circulating over Television channels ahead of the seventh and final phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Yechury further took to his tweeter handle and slammed the Election Commission of India (ECI) for continuing to sleep on the job despite reiterating several times that religion cannot be used for garnering votes.
"Religion is a matter of personal faith and EC has reiterated that it cannot be used for garnering votes. But Modi violates the MCC brazenly with footage of his Kedarnath religious activity over TV channels during the silent period before polling. And EC continues to sleep on the job," he tweeted.
A day after the election campaign ended, PM Modi on Saturday visited Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand. He will visit Badrinath on Sunday before returning to Delhi in the afternoon.
The final phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 is undergoing, when the voters will decide the political fate of 918 candidates contesting from 59 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across seven states and one Union Territory.
Voting is being held in 13 Lok Sabha constituencies each in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, eight seats each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, nine seats in West Bengal, four in Himachal Pradesh, three in Jharkhand and the lone seat in Chandigarh (Union Territory).