Bengaluru: A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath accused his Karnataka counterpart of promoting beef-eating, the latter questioned the former's right to criticise people's food habits.
"I have taken care of cows, I feed them and I have also cleaned cow dung. What moral rights Yogi Adityanath has got to criticise me? Has he ever taken care of cows?"
"Many in Hindu religion eat beef and I will eat if I want to eat beef, but I don't like beef that's why I don't eat it. Who is he to ask?" the Karnataka CM said in a series of tweets posted on Monday.
Siddaramaiah's tweets were in response to Adityanatah who on Sunday while addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivartana rally in Bengaluru, stated that Siddaramaiah should not promote beef-eating if he claims himself to be a Hindu.
While welcoming Adityanath to his home state, Siddaramaiah had on Sunday said that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister could "learn a lot" from him.
"I welcome UP CM Yogi Adityanath to our state. There is a lot you can learn from us, Sir. When you are here, please visit an Indira Canteen and a ration shop. It will help you address the starvation deaths sometimes reported from your state", Siddaramaiah tweeted on Sunday.
In yet another tweet, Siddaramaiah asked Adityanath to primarily focus on ending "Jungle Raj" in UP and retrospect upon the increasing number of deaths of children in hospitals.