"If Yogi Adityanath comes here, it will be a minus point for BJP," Siddaramaiah predicted, responding to reports that the UP Chief Minister was one of the most sought-after star campaigners in the party that had already lined up around 36 public meetings for him.
Karnataka votes on May 12. Yogi Adityanath will start next week, and spend nearly six days in the state.
The five-time parliamentarian from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath was picked by PM Narendra Modi to rule India's most populous state after the BJP rode a Modi wave to a massive victory, winning 312 of the 403 seats. In all, he has been chief minister for just 13 months.
Last month, results for by-poll in Gorakhpur delivered a body blow to the Chief Minister who had fronted the party's election campaign in a seat that he had represented in parliament for nearly two decades.
"Now the only thing that is left for BJP to do is to declare officially that it will, if elected, bring "Yogi Model of Governance" to Karnataka," Siddaramaiah added. "Kannadigas deserve to be forewarned."
The stinging jabs provoked a comeback from the BJP, which called 'Yogi model of governance' certainly better than Mr Kharge's.
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