Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on two-day tour to Uttarakhand offered prayers at Badrinath temple after an over-15 hour long meditation in Kedarnath Shrine cave, where he had offered prayer yesterday morning.

After coming out of the Kedarnath cave today (Sunday, May 19) Narendra Modi thanked the Election Commission (EC) for granting him permission to go embark his spiritual yatra at a time when the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is in force.

Modi told reporters that he did not ask for anything while praying as it is not in his nature. “God has given us the capacity to give and not demand,” he said.

“May the almighty bless not only India but the whole humankind with happiness, prosperity and welfare,” PM Modi said.

“I am fortunate to visit the temple on multiple occasions,” he added.

However, many leaders from opposition parties criticised the prime minister, alleging that it was in violation of poll code. While TMC leader Derek O’Brien filed a complaint with EC, Congress’s Ashok Gehlot also slammed PM Modi.

“This is a gross violation of the Model Code of Conduct. He even announced that the master plan for the Kedarnath temple is ready and also addressed the public and the media at Kedarnath. lt is absolutely unethical and morally incorrect,” Derek O’Brien said.

He also said that PM Modi’s activities were being covered in minute detail and is being widely publicised “with an ulterior motive to influence voters directly and/or indirectly”.