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5000 Litres of Water Used to Clean Roads For Siddaramaiah's Visit

Bagalkot District Collector has ordered an inquiry and has rubbished the reports saying that the water was used to clean a statue and not the road.

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Updated:April 19, 2016, 7:55 PM IST
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Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister D Siddaramaiah is under fire yet again. This time two tankers of water was being emptied to clean roads ahead of the Chief Minister's arrival in Bagalkot.

The two tankers containing about 5000 litres of water were emptied before Siddaramaiah was to garland the statue of saint Kanakadasa (15091609 AD) as the road where it is located was dusty.

This comes at a time when the state is suffering from severe drought and water shortage.

Bagalkot District Collector has ordered an inquiry and has rubbished the reports saying that the water was used to clean a statue and not the road.

Siddaramaiah 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.

Local legislator JT Patil, however, maintained that there was no drinking water scarcity in Bilagi.

The incident drew criticism from state BJP President and former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa.

He said when the state is facing drought situation and water shortage, "for the Chief Minister himself to do this for

his own purposes...people will mock at it".

(With additional information from PTI)

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