Lucknow, May 4: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath, who has been campaigning for his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka Assembly elections 2018, has cut short his visit and will arrive in Agra tonight. Adityanath was scheduled to campaign in poll-bound Karnataka till Saturday noon.
CM Yogi Adityanath will arrive in Agra tonight and visit the calamity-hit areas tomorrow morning, said Principal Secretary Information Avanish Awasthi. The Chief Minister will later leave for Kanpur to monitor the relief work there. More than 100 people died in dust storms and lightning strikes in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took a dig at 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.
“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.