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India’s Modi is holding a two-day meditation as the elections draw to a close

By Vaseline May31,2024
India’s Modi is holding a two-day meditation as the elections draw to a close

India’s Modi is holding a two-day meditation as the elections draw to a close

India’s Modi is holding a two-day meditation as the elections draw to a close

NEW DELHI, May 31, 2024 (BSS/AFP) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi was
meditated on a rock off the coast of India on Friday in a final call
to its Hindu voter base as the national marathon elections came to an end.

Modi remains downright popular and is widely expected to win a third term
the survey ends, largely because of his cultivated image as
aggressive champion of the country’s majority faith.

Modi’s decade in power has seen the leader meditate regularly,
fasting and temple visits to burnish his religious credentials, despite those of India
secular constitution.

The 73-year-old arrived late Thursday at a monument to Swami Vivekananda, a
famous 19th century Hindu monk and philosopher, for his latest ritual.

Images published by Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) showed the
Prime Minister sits cross-legged, his eyes closed and one arm wrapped around the prayer
beads.

According to local media, about 2,000 police and security personnel were present
monitoring the site in the southern state of Tamil Nadu for two days
meditation, which ends Saturday on the last day of the general election
to vote.

Modi underwent a similar retreat just before his last election victory
in 2019, when he meditated for days in a cave in the Himalayas
foothills.

This year he presided over the inauguration of a grand temple to the deity
Ram, built on the site of a centuries-old mosque in Ayodhya that was razed to the ground by Hindus
fanatics in 1992.

The construction of the temple fulfilled a long-standing demand from Hindu activists
and was widely celebrated across the country with back-to-back television
coverage and street parties.

The BJP and Modi are widely expected to win this year’s elections
carried out for six weeks to reduce the enormous logistical burden of organizing the
democratic exercise in the most populous country in the world.

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