Two water tankers were emptied to prevent dust rising from a road ahead of Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah’s programme at Bilagi in Bagalkot during his ongoing tour of drought-hit areas.
The two tankers containing about 5000 litres of water were emptied on a dusty road where Siddaramaiah was to garland the statue of saint Kanakadasa.
He was scheduled to visit Badagandi village in Bilagi taluk as part of his current state wide tour of the areas reeling under drought.
“I will ask the Deputy Commissioner to look into it,” said Siddaramaiah when asked by reporters about the incident on Monday.
Local legislator J T Patil, however, maintained that there was no drinking water scarcity in Bilagi.
The incident drew criticism from state BJP President and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
He said when the state is facing drought, “for the chief minister himself to do this for his own purposes...people will mock at it.”