30 May 2024

(In Pics) Campaigning ends, PM Modi's spiritual retreat at Kanniyakumari Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Kanniyakumari: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Kanniyakumari and has started meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, where he will remain until Saturday evening. He is meditating in the Dhyan Mandapam, the same place where the Hindu philosopher-saint Swami Vivekananda meditated in 1892 to gain a clear vision of India's future. 

This site is significant as it marks the confluence of the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal, and the Arabian Sea. BJP leaders emphasize that choosing Kanniyakumari underscores the theme of national unity. To ensure the Prime Minister's security, over 2,000 police personnel have been deployed around the memorial, with additional surveillance by the Coast Guard and Navy.

Political row over PM's meditation

The Prime Minister's meditation session has ignited a political controversy. The Congress has raised concerns that broadcasting visuals of his meditation could breach the silence period restrictions during elections, potentially violating the model code of conduct. They have submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission to address this issue.

The Tamil Nadu unit of the CPM also urged the Chief Election Commissioner to ban the telecast of PM Modi's meditation visuals, fearing it could be used as propaganda material, potentially impacting the fairness of the election process during the silence period.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticized the Prime Minister during a Kolkata roadshow, highlighting the constitutional responsibilities of the PM's position and questioning the need for publicized meditation sessions before election results are announced.

BJP defends PM's meditation

In response, the BJP defended the PM's meditation, attributing opposition to it as an 'anti-Sanatan mindset'. They emphasized that meditation, inspired by Swami Vivekananda, should not be seen as a violation of the Model Code of Conduct, especially after the election campaign concludes.

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