Akhilesh, Mayawati's proposed Karnataka visit is 'political tourism': BJP

No political discussion please 

The management of the Mysuru branch of Adyar Ananda Bhavan, a Chennai-based restaurant chain, is upset that customers occupy tables for hours, but order little food. The branch is near the Mysuru railway station and sees high footfall. With Karnataka Assembly polls on May 12, the place has been teeming with business persons and political workers who indulge in endless discussions; many of those who occupy tables for hours on end order little other than filter coffee. The restaurant has put up a request for its customers: “Dear customers, we request you to use the dining table only for eating purpose. Avoid real estate business transactions and political discussions inside the hotel.” Unfortunately, it seems the restaurant management’s suggestion is being followed more in its breach.

Polling season in Karnataka

Yogi's appeal

As the war of words among rivals intensifies in poll-bound Karnataka, the spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Uttar Pradesh unit Rakesh Tripathi has termed the proposed visits of Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati to Karnataka as “political tourism”. Defending UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's visit to Karnataka before the polls, he said that BJP workers and people in Karnataka wanted to have a glimpse of the UP CM as he had “influenced the entire country” after becoming the chief minister. “This is the reason why there has been a continuous demand from various poll-bound states for Adityanath to campaign for BJP candidates,” Tripathi said.