Yogi Adityanath cut short Karnataka Campaign, rushing back to storm-ravaged Agra

May 04, 2018, 17:26 IST | Mid-day online desk

The chief minister will arrive in Agra tonight and visit the calamity-hit areas tomorrow morning, Principal Secretary Information Avanish Awasthi said

Yogi AdityanathYogi Adityanath/ File Pic

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, currently on an election campaign in Karnataka, is rushing back tonight to visit storm-ravaged Agra, a senior official said on Friday.

The chief minister will arrive in Agra tonight and visit the calamity-hit areas tomorrow morning, Principal Secretary Information Avanish Awasthi said.

Adityanath was criticised yesterday by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for remaining in Karnataka even after his own state was hit by the storm.

"I am sorry your CM is needed here in Karnataka," Siddaramaiah had tweeted. "I am sure he will return soon & attend to his work there."

Adityanath will review the relief and restoration efforts in Agra district, the UP official said. The chief minister will later leave for Kanpur to monitor the relief work there and in nearby districts, Awasthi said.

A high-intensity storm-ravaged part of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday night, leaving 73 people dead and 91 injured in Adityanath's state alone.

Agra district was the worst hit, accounting for 43 deaths and injuries to 51 others. Adityanath was earlier scheduled to campaign in poll-bound Karnataka till Saturday noon.

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Edited by mid-day online desk, with inputs from PTI

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