"It is the turn of the people in Karnataka to throw Congress out of south India," Yogi Adityanath said.

Karnataka Congress responds to Adityanath jibe tells him to check his facts
news Social Friday, December 22, 2017 - 18:41

A public battle has ensued between Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Karnataka Congress leaders. Karnataka Congress leaders decided to take to Twitter to respond to comments made by Adityanath, where he criticised the party and its governance in the state.

On Thursday, during the Parivartana Yatra rally in Hubballi, Yogi Adityanath took a jibe at the Congress, and said that "It is the turn of the people in Karnataka to throw Congress out of south India as voters did in Gujarat and Himachal in western and northern India recently.”

"It's unfortunate that the Congress worships a despotic Muslim ruler like Tipu Sultan than Hindu deity Hanuman, who hailed from Karnataka and served Lord Ram," Adityanath said during his address as part of the second leg of the BJP’s statewide rally in the run-up to the assembly polls in April 2018.

This did not go down well. Responding to Adityanath, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah clarified that the state not only celebrated Tipu Jayanti, but also celebrated Ambedkar, Kanakadasa, Valmiki, Kittur Rani, Kempe Gowda and Krishna Jayanti.

Senior Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao also defended Karnataka’s development, and asked Yogi Adityanath to focus on improving his own state. In a series of tweets highlighting Karnataka’s economic state and the failures of the Uttar Pradesh government, Gundu Rao shifted the focus back to Yogi Adityanath and the BJP.

Accusing the Congress of indulging in divisive politics and dividing the people on caste and religious lines for votes, Adityanath had urged the people to vote BJP back to power in the state, and renew its march on the development path.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier said that the people of Karnataka are “eager to join other states in the country, which are far ahead in terms of development”.

The BJP, which came to power in the state for the first time on its own after the 2008 assembly election, lost to the Congress in the 2013 assembly poll following a split in its state unit with three chief ministers at the helm of office.

Congress and BJP have already begun publicly trading shots over a number of issues with Karnataka set to go to polls in May 2018.

with Inputs from IANS

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