Dehradun: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Uttarakhand to pay obeisance at Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines over the weekend. While PM Modi will visit Kedarnath on Saturday, he will offer prayers at Badrinath on Sunday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said. He would return to national capital on the same day later.

He was scheduled to fly directly from Jollygrant to Kedarnath. Apart from paying obeisance, the Prime Minister was expected to also review the reconstruction works in the area. Security has been tightened around both the shrines in view of the Prime Minister’s visit, said Ashok Kumar, Director General (Law and Order).

Earlier on Friday, the Election Commission gave its nod to Modi’s proposed visit to the shrines while ‘reminding’ the prime minister’s office that the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is still in force.

The Prime Minister’s Office had reportedly sought the views of the Election Commission on the two-day official visit of Modi to Uttarakhand.As it is an official visit, the commission has only ‘reminded’ the PMO that the MCC which came into force on 10 March with the declaration of Lok Sabha polls, is still in force, sources aware of the development told news agency PTI.

The last and seventh phase of Lok Sabha polls will take place on May 19, Sunday.