Siddaramaiah’s drought tour stokes controversy as two water tanks emptied on dusty roads
A controversy has erupted over two water tankers being emptied to prevent dust from rising on a road ahead of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s programme at Bilagi in the district during his visit to drought-hit areas.
The two tankers containing about 5,000 litres of water were emptied before Siddaramaiah was to garland the statue of Saint Kanakadasa (1509 1609 AD) as the road, where it is located, was dusty.
Siddaramaiah was scheduled to visit Badagandi village in Bilagi taluk as part of his state-wide tour to areas reeling under drought.
“I will ask the Deputy Commissioner to look into it,” said Siddaramaiah.
Local legislator JT Patil, however, maintained that there was no drinking water scarcity in Bilagi.
The incident drew flak from state BJP president and former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa. He said when the state is facing drought situation and water shortage, “for the CM himself to do this for his own purposes...people will mock at it”.