In wake of the BJP’s aggressive poll campaign in Karnataka, Congress on Thursday released a video mocking Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, whom the saffron party has installed as its star campaigner in the run-up to the elections. The video titled ‘Recipe for a star BJP campaigner’ takes a dig at the communal campaign that it alleges the BJP to have fanned in the state. Among the ‘ingredients’, the video highlighted Adityanath’s emotional Lok Sabha speech, controversial comments, criminal cases against him and his saffron wardrobe. It further charges the UP chief minister of keeping “zero focus” on development and indulging in flaring up communal tensions. The 1 minute 6-second long video also highlighted Gorakhpur’s BRD hospital tragedy and the government’s response, or the lack thereof, to the incident. The video ends with the dish prepared to “serve with hate” in Karnataka.
The Congress is also likely to release another video with the name “recipe for disaster”. “Recipe for disaster also coming for your state,” the video said in the end.
The video was Congress scathing attack on Adityanath who is Bharatiya Janata Party’s star campaigner in the state of Karnataka. The saffron party is running an aggressive poll campaign in the state and Yogi Adityanath has remained its center of attraction so far. Adityanath, known for his rousing speeches, on Sunday addressed a rally in the state scheduled to go to polls later this year. The chief minister targeted Karnataka CM K Siddaramaiah on a number issues. He said that the Congress government in Karnataka had pushed the state five years back “due to corruption, divisive politics and anti-development policies”. The Uttar Pradesh chief minister alleged that in the wake of assembly elections, the Congress has resorted to dividing society on the lines of caste.Targeting Congress, he said: “The party has become a burden…a problem for the nation.”
The entry of Adityanath into the Karnataka campaign has seen the narrative shift to the Hindutva issue, with even Siddaramaiah openly identifying himself as a Hindu. Reports have it that Congress president Rahul Gandhi is also set to visit a number of temples and seers as part of the Congress’ campaign in the state. The BJP, which sees this as a shift in stance, has charged the Congress of indulging in soft Hindutva.
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Here’s a recipe for a BJP star campaigner. We don’t recommend it. pic.twitter.com/j5lIAvc4Oa
— Congress (@INCIndia) January 11, 2018
The UP chief minister took a jibe at his Karnataka counterpart, Siddaramaiah, saying he was only now recalling his Hindu roots. “Siddaramaiah calls himself a Hindu just as Congress president Rahul Gandhi went to the temple after temple during the Gujarat election,” the CM was quoted as saying. Adityanath even slammed Siddaramaiah for endorsing beef eating and calling himself a Hindu at the same time. “When the BJP government was there in Karnataka it had passed an anti-cow slaughter law, but the Congress revoked it,” he added.
Adityanath said the development would not gain momentum in Karnataka unless there was synchronicity in the thinking process between the BJP-ruled Centre and the state’s chief minister. He also recalled the connection between Gorakhnath Peeth, the main seat of the Nath tradition, which he heads, Manjunath Swamy temple in Dharmasthala and Adi Chunchunagiri Math in Karnataka, saying, “These unifying factors of India were always ignored by the Congress.”