A war of words broke out between Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath on Twitter, as the latter visited Bengaluru for political campaigning.
Adityanath was in Bengaluru campaigning for the BJP ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in the state when he launched an attack on CM Siddaramaiah and the ruling Congress government in the state. In response, Siddaramaiah took to Twitter, sarcastically suggesting that Adityanath ‘can learn a lot’ from Karnataka.
Siddaramaiah, in his tweet, asked him to tour the Indira canteens and other ration shops started by his government. He also referenced starvation deaths, pointing out the death of a man in Bareilly reportedly because of starvation. The UP government however has steadfastly denied the claim.
I welcome UP CM Shri @myogiadityanath to our state. There is a lot you can learn from us Sir. When you are here please visit a Indira Canteen & a ration shop. It will help you address the starvation deaths sometimes reported from your state. #YogiInBengaluru https://t.co/lj0m4fMphC— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) January 7, 2018
Yogi Adityanath responded by highlighting failures of the Congress government in the state. He claimed that the number of farmers committing suicide was highest in the current regime and also pointed out the transfer of numerous bureaucrats in the state.
Thank you for the welcome @siddaramaiah ji. I heard number of farmers committing suicide in Karnataka was highest in your regime, not to mention the numerous deaths and transfer of honest officers. As UP CM I am working to undo the misery and lawlessness unleashed by your allies.— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) January 7, 2018
Earlier on Sunday, Yogi had slammed Siddaramaiah at the Parivartana Rally in Bengaluru for the assertion that he was a Hindu.
“Hindutva is not pecific to any caste or religion. It means living life in sync with India,” he said. “However, it does not promote the consumption of beef. I want to ask [Siddaramaiah], if you too are Hindu, then how correct is it for you to promote the consumption of beef?,” he said, according to Hindustan Times.
Yogi Adityanath is in Bengaluru campaigning for the BJP ahead of the assembly elections in the state later this year. BJP looking to canvass votes based on the promise of ‘development’, even as leaders like Pratap Simha and Ananthkumar Hegde make incendiary statements. It’s Parivartana Yatra Rally started on November 2 entered its 66th day on Sunday.