Adityanath meets dust storm affected families

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The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister cut-short the election campaigning in Karnataka and headed for his state to meet the victims.

Adityanath, who conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas, said more than 800 electric poles were damaged, causing disruption of power supply.

Adityanath also distributed cheques to people affected by the storm in Agra's Fatehabad and said, "Relief has been provided to the affected".

He also asked the district administration to involve local NGOs to provide facilities for the injured and the family members.

CM met with a five-year -old patient named Divyanshi who was admitted with her brother.

Adityanath was earlier scheduled to campaign in poll-bound Karnataka till Saturday noon. The CM's office, however, said that the change in his schedule had nothing to do with the Opposition's comments as more than 90% of the relief work had been completed by Thursday night itself.

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Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah had expressed his condolences on the deaths.

At least 75 people died in hailstorm and sand storm in the state on Wednesday in which 43 people hailing from Mathura district and hundreds others were seriously injured.

"I am sorry your CM is needed here in Karnataka", Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who has had a running battle on Twitter with his UP counterpart, had posted. "I am sure he will return soon & attend to his work there", Siddaramaiah tweeted.

Samajwadi Party chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had on Thursday demanded that Adityanath return immediately.

The Union home ministry has said a warning has been issued for thunderstorms in Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. "People have elected him to resolve the problems of their state and not for politics of Karnataka".