Bengaluru, March 15: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has advised his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath not to lecture to his state over development after the BJP faced strong defeat in the northern state’s Lok Sabha by-elections.
Taking to Twitter, Siddaramaiah said ” BJP has witnessed a humiliating loss in the Lok Sabha seat held by the Chief Minister (Adityanath) and Deputy Chief Minister (Keshav Prasad Maurya) of Uttar Pradesh.
“Congratulations to Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party for this historic victory. Unity among the non-BJP parties has played a key role. Perhaps Yogi Adityanath should spend less time lecturing Karnataka on development,” said Siddaramaiah in a tweet.
Adityanath has paid a visit to the poll-bound southern state four times so far as the Chief Minister to address rallies at Hubballi, Bengaluru, Davanagere and Mangaluru during the last two months.
While addressing public, UP CM had urged gathering to make it ” Congress-free”, as the party was unable to bring development in the state.
Samajwadi Party candidate Praveen Nishad defeated Bharatiya Janata Party’s nominee Upendra Singh by more than 21,000 votes, wresting the Gorakhpur parliamentary seat, which it had held for nearly 30 years, with Adityanath winning five consecutive times till 2014.
Meanwhile, in the Phulpur constituency, SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel ousted the BJP’s Kaushalendra Singh by around 59,000 votes. BJP’s Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya had attained the seat in the 2014 general elections but stepped down following his induction into the state cabinet.