In a fresh lease of campaign stint Yogi Adityanath begins his state wide rally in Karnataka only to be caught in a latest verbal duel with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
Yogi Adityanath landed in Bengaluru on Sunday to address a massive rally called ‘Nava Karnataka Nirman Parivartan Yatra’ under the aegis of BJP.
This 75 day campaign is the saffron party’s bid to “expose the misdeeds” of the ruling Siddaramaiah government.
This is the second phase of BJP’s elections campaign in full swing being run on the road to Karnataka elections due in April this year. Also this is Yogi’s second visit in the state, the first was on December 21st campaign, in Hubbali, originally flagged off by the party chief Amit Shah on 2nd November.
But just as everyone knows that the BJP is pitted against its arch rival Congress in this state so its campaign kickoff is obviously set on an unsavory note.
As a welcome message to Yogi Adityanath on his Karnataka visit, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah unleashed his war of words via the twitter when he quipped, “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,” tweeted Siddaramaiah.
Picking up the sarcasm in Siddarmaiah’s message Yogi Adityanath came with a fleeting response by hinting at rise in number of farmer suicides in Karnataka, ” 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.” He further added.
The BJP first came to power in the state back in 2008 only to be defeated by the Congress again in 2013 due to its, corruption charges and unstable governance buckling under three Chief Ministers within five years.
So once again back in the election forefront BJP is all out to establish its power in the state on war footage. In the massive rally to be staged, the saffron brigade is expecting a turnout of around 50,000 people at the Vijaynagar play grounds.
A party spokes person commented, “Adityanath will also visit the Adichunchanagiri Mutt to meet its seer Nirmalanandanath Swami and have lunch with him after the yatra event.”
The rally was also addressed by state unit president BS Yeddyrappa, central ministers from the state Ananth Kumar and DV Sadananda Gowda and state unit leaders Jagadish Shettar, KS Eshwarappa and AR Ashok, to make it a propelling start on behalf of BJP cadre.
Addressing the crowd at the Vijaynagar grounds the UP Chief Minister accused the Karnataka government of taking its development in reverse gear. He rebuked CM Siddaramaiah for endorsing beef consumption.
He reinstated his achivement in Uttar Pradesh with promotion of illegal shut down of slaughter houses by passing a bill in its favour.
He claimed that Uttar Pradesh is a state where the holy cows are protected unlike the state of Karnataka where the Congress government revoked the anti-cow slaughter bill, which the BJP wanted to enshrine during its regime.
The twitter feud between the two leaders attained the climax when Siddaramaiah compared the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to “Nathuram Godse.” Embarking on a full fledged twitter war the Karnataka CM stated, “the Hindutva I follows is “defined by the principles of Swami Vivekananda, and not those of Nathuram Godse”, who had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi. ”
This scathing attack from Yogi came after CM Siddaramaiah asserted himself as a Hindu inspite of his beef eating propaganda.
Supporting his views Yogi Adityanath said, “Siddaramaiah calls himself a Hindu just as Congress president Rahul Gandhi went to temple after temple during the Gujarat election,” he claimed. “He cannot be a Hindu and promote consumption of beef,” he claimed.
Perhaps this is just the beginning of the warm up to the assembly elections in Karnataka, scheduled in April-May this year.
As Karnataka goes to polls this year, the BJP awaits another breakthrough in the 224 assembly and Congress vows to retain power with a second term.
We can sit back and watch this full blown political face off between two prominent arch rivals BJP and Congress with raging issues at stake but with a little paradigm shift in the battleground Karnataka.