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Opposition Questions on PM Modi's 'Dhayan Yatra' Amid Lok Sabha Polls

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kanyakumari on May 30 after the end of the Lok Sabha election campaign. Here he will meditate at the Rock Memorial, a memorial built to pay tribute to Swami Vivekananda. Opposition parties are opposing this and giving different arguments. Meanwhile, sources say that under the election law, no ban can be imposed on the Prime Minister's meditation tour during the elections. 

Congress has alleged that PM Modi's Dhyan Yatra will violate the code of conduct. The party leaders have appealed to the Election Commission to ensure that the PM's Dhyan Yatra is not broadcast in the media.

On the other hand, sources have cited Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act 1951. According to this, election campaigning cannot be done during the silence period. The silence period starts 48 hours before the voting is over. During this time, voting is also to be held in PM Modi's constituency Varanasi. Sources say that the provisions of the law related to elections do not apply in elections with different phases. Sources also said that PM Modi's silence period can be stopped only if he speaks a few words for election campaigning. If the Prime Minister does not talk about the area where the election is taking place, then he cannot be stopped. That is, if PM Modi does not say anything about the election, then his Dhyan Yatra cannot be stopped. The Election Commission had also given similar permission to PM Modi in the year 2019. 

Congress has targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Actually, PM Modi had said that the world did not know Mahatma Gandhi before the film 'Gandhi' was made. In response to this, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge said that now the time has come to pack up the lies. Kharge wrote on the social media platform X that those whose ideological ancestors were involved in the murder of Mahatma Gandhi along with Nathuram Godse, can never follow the path of truth shown by Bapu. 
Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh has asked the question that in which world does the Prime Minister live? He said that if anyone has destroyed the legacy of the Mahatma, it is PM Modi himself. He alleged that the BJP government destroyed Gandhian institutions in Varanasi, Delhi and Ahmedabad.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meditation in Kanyakumari is telecasted, the Trinamool Congress will complain to the Election Commission. Because it would be a violation of the code of conduct. Mamata said that PM Modi can meditate, but it cannot be telecasted. She asked does anyone need a camera for meditation? CM Mamata claimed that this is a way to campaign between the end of campaigning and the last phase of voting.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee claimed that PM Modi goes into meditation 48 hours before the final phase of voting in every election. The Prime Minister had done a similar meditation in a cave in Kedarnath after the 2019 election campaign. She said that if they (BJP) return to power this time, there will be no political parties, elections, freedom, religion, humanity or culture. 

After the Lok Sabha election campaign ends on May 30, PM Modi will meditate at the Rock Memorial built to pay tribute to Swami Vivekananda in Kanyakumari. According to BJP leaders, PM Modi will meditate at Dhyan Mandapam from the evening of May 30 to the evening of June 1, this is the same place where Vivekananda meditated.

According to news agency PTI, the TMC supremo rejected Modi's claim and said that the BJP will achieve the best results in Bengal in this election. Mamata insisted that this means they have lost, they will get rasgulla (zero) in Bengal. She said that TMC will support the opposition India Block in forming the government in Delhi. However, Mamata also appealed to the people not to vote for CPI (M) or Congress in Bengal.

Speaking at an election rally in Baruipur ahead of the seventh phase of elections for nine Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, she said that if I had not left the Congress and formed the Trinamool Congress, even today we would not have been able to defeat the CPI(M) in Bengal. Mamata asserted that she fought against the CPI(M) for 34 years to remove its government from Bengal, adding that if we can do this, we can defeat the BJP as well. Mamata Banerjee alleged that the CPI(M) and the BJP have formed a tacit understanding in some constituencies for the current elections.