Prime Minister Modi to blow 2019 poll conch from Kedarnath shrine

It seems Narendra Modi will begin the 2019 parliamentary poll campaign after taking blessings from Lord Shiva at Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath temple as the state’s BJP government has been given an October 2018 deadline to reconstruct the shrine, which the Prime Minister would inaugurate.

“Party chief Amit Shah recently called a meeting of stakeholders, including chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, to convey the cut-off date for rebuilding of the complex ravaged by floods in 2013, and also that the project would be unveiled by the PM on completion,” a highly placed source told Mail Today.

Modi also visited Kedarnath in May at the reopening of the temple after the winters and was briefed about the work going on there by the chief minister and his team of officials there.

In the meeting with the BJP chief at his official residence, Rawat along with all the stakeholders including Colonel Ajay Kothiyal – head of the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), which is leading the reconstruction effort – and the state chief secretary were present.

Sources said that Shah instructed the officials and the state government to adhere to the specific timelines and complete the project in time for which several private individuals have also pitched in with funds and resources.