After facing opposition barbs, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has cut short his election campaign of Karnataka and is rushing back to Uttar Pradesh where he will visit Agra, the city which faced the brunt of the storm that left over 70 dead in Uttar Pradesh.
Mr Adityanath was to take part in campaigning for Karnataka polls till Saturday. Government spokesman Avanish Awasthi said the Chief Minister will reach Agra on Friday night but will visit the storm-torn areas on Saturday morning.
‘CM will review the relief and rescue work in Agra and then will leave for Kanpur to monitor relief operation in storm ravaged areas there,” Mr Awasthi said in a WhatsApp message on Friday.
The Chief Minister was criticised by national president of Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav for being busy in Karnataka election when people in western UP were killed and rendered homeless by the storm. In a tweet he said, “CM should come out immediately from Karnataka. People have elected him to solve their problems but not to do politics in Karnataka…”
When Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah criticised Mr Adityanath for remaining in Karnataka even after his own state was hit by the storm.
He wrote in a tweet, “I am sorry your CM is needed here in Karnataka. I am sure he will return soon & attend to his work there.”
A high-intensity storm ravaged parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday night, leaving 73 people dead and 91 injured. Agra district was the worst hit accounting for 43 deaths and injuries to 51 others.
Meanwhile, the Met office, on Friday, put Agra on a 72-hour alert till Monday. The Agra District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal has also issued a detailed advisory to manage any imminent disaster.