Siddaramaiah taunts Adityanath, wants him to learn development during his Karnataka visit

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With elections barely few months away, the BJP appears to have returned to its Hindutva agenda by projecting the mascots of its right-wing politics in Karnataka.
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It’s not surprising why the saffron party has sent Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath third time to Karnataka in just few months. During his last visit, Adityanath, known for his militant Hindutva politics in Uttar Pradesh, raised the issue of Tipu Sultan, a 18th century king, who sacrificed his life while fighting the British.

Adityanath had asked voters to elected a BJP government, it will celebrate Lord Hanuman and not Tipu Sultan.

On Sunday, he urged the electorate to vote for the BJP again in the ensuing Karnataka assembly elections to step up development in the state.

“Karnataka will benefit like Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh if it is also ruled by the BJP, which is heading the NDA government at the Centre under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he was quoted by IANS.

Adityanath talking about development did not go down well Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who wasted no time in reminding him how there was no comparison with Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh on the issue of development.

Mocking Adityanath’s claims on development under BJP government, Siddaramaiah tweeted, “We welcome dignitaries from other states to come, and learn from CM @siddaramaiah’s Karnataka Model of Governance. We’re solving historical challenges in HDI with a robust welfare program, and India’s most effective Industrial policies.”

Karnataka Chief Minister was more direct in his next tweet, when tagegd Adityanath in his second tweet.

He wrote, “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.”

Adityanath replied, “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.”

While Siddaramaiah’s latest scheme, Indira Canteen, has been widely hailed, Uttar Pradesh has struggled to stop starvation related deaths even under Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister.

According to a data released by the Reserve Bank of India, Uttar Pradesh had 30 percent of its population living below poverty line. As for Karnataka, the percentage of people below the poverty line was 20.91, which was better than the national average of 21.92.

Not so long ago, the death of Shakina Ashfaq in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh due to starvation had shocked the nation. She had died after being denied food grains by ration shop. More than 300 children had died in August last year due to non supply of Oxygen at a government hospital in Gorakhpur that Adityanath represented as an MP for five times.

In contrast, the Karnataka government says its track record on development has been nothing short of phenomenal with the government fulfilling 158 out of 168 election promises made in the party’s manifesto.

Some of the achievements include the highest Investments for two years in a row, lowest unemployment rate of 0.6% besides the state being the top job creator.

A government spokesperson said, ” Karntaka under the Congress government has seen the highest number of Start-ups as we were the first to launch Start-up Policy. We were also the first to launch the Electric Vehicle Policy with the maximum number of renewable energy projects including world’s largest solar park of 2000 MW.

“We are the pioneer of e-NAM, took the mandi system to the virtual world for benefit of farmers. The state ‎acheived a hunger free Karnataka by schemes like Anna Bhagya and Indira Canteen. ‎Asia’s Largest Drip Irrigation Project was completed in Hungund under this government. And if that wasn’t enough, ‎8000 Water ATMs were built for clear drinking water in all villages. And not to forget ‎Uber For Farmers via Modern Farm Equipment renting scheme in all hoblis of the state.”

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