Shame! 73 Deaths Later, UP CM Finally Decides To Return To Uttar Pradesh
As people died in Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath was busy campaigning for votes in Karnataka.
A storm whipped Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, killing 73 people in a trail of destruction that brought down mud houses, uprooted trees and flattened crops. But, fulfilling the duties as the State’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was not supervising relief measures. He was busy campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka ahead of the assembly polls there on May 12.
On Friday evening, moved not so much by the death toll, but by widespread criticism across the country, Adityanath cut short his political campaign and decided to head to Agra, where more than 40 people were killed.
In more alarming news for the state, the Met office has predicted more thunderstorms on Friday.
Adityanath’s Karnataka campaign in the middle of a natural tragedy in the state he governs came in for sharp criticism from the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. “I am sorry your CM is needed here in Karnataka,” Siddaramaiah tweeted, addressing the people of UP. “I am sure he will return soon and attend to his work there.”
Earlier the same day, Adityanath had asked the people to reject what he called the “divisive” politics and “jihadi mindset” of the Siddaramaiah-led Karnataka Congress. He accused his Karnataka counterpart Siddaramaiah of playing the “most corrupt innings” that divides the society.
“I have come here to call upon you to outrightly reject the divisive politics of the Congress, the jihadi mindset of the Congress, its policies of supporting terrorism and corruption,” Adityanath said.
Targeting Siddaramaiah, he claimed that “jihadis” killing 23 BJP workers in the State in the last five years was a “proof” of the Congress party’s alleged divisive politics. “Today the Congress government in Karnataka and its Chief Minister, who is playing the most corrupt innings, are making the worst effort to divide the society. Their divisive politics supports terrorism,” he said.
But Adityanath’s gross dereliction of his duty as Chief Minister towards his own state will probably egg the people of Karnataka to ignore his divisive speeches.
In Lucknow, former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also criticised Adityanath for not being there when the people of the state need him the most. “People chose Yogi Adityanath to solve the issues of their state, not for politics in Karnataka,” Yadav tweeted. “If he cannot return even in such circumstances, then he should form a math and stay in Karnataka forever.”
(With PTI inputs)