Bengaluru, May 3: The incumbent Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah on Thursday took a dig at his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath over deaths due to dust storm and lightning in the latter’s state. In a tweet, Siddaramaiah not only expressed his condolence but also made a veiled attack on Adityanath, who is among star campaigners of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for Karnataka Assembly elections 2018.
“At least 64 people have lost their lives due to a storm in Uttar Pradesh. My heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones” wrote Siddaramaiah. “I am sorry your CM is needed here in Karnataka. I am sure he will return soon & attend to his work there,” he added. The Congress also attacked Yogi Adityanath for campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka even when people of his state were reeling under the impact of the severe dust storm.
“Even if people of Uttar Pradesh are suffering, I am busy culling out ‘jumlas’ (gimmicks) in Karnataka elections — Adityanath, missing chief minister, Uttar Pradesh,” Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala tweeted. Adityanath is scheduled to address election rallies in Karnataka today and tomorrow. Meanwhile, the death toll in the dust storm and lightning strikes at many places in Uttar Pradesh overnight has climbed up to 62.
Of these, 43 are from the Taj city Agra. Another 47 persons have been injured in the Wednesday night disaster. Yogi Adityanath, who is campaigning for the BJP in Karnataka, has told officials to ensure rescue and relief work in the worst-hit Agra, Bijnore, Bareilly, Unnao, Saharanpur, Pilibhit, Firozabad, Chitrakoot, Muzaffarnagar and Rae Bareli districts.