Even as his ongoing tour of drought-hit districts of North Karnataka is being criticised as nothing more than a photo-op by opposition parties, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had to face some embarrassment recently. Officials sprinkled two tankers of precious water on a muddy road which he and his convoy had to take to avoid dust from rising. Siddaramaiah was to visit Badagandi village at Bagalkot district in Karnataka to understand the plight of villagers reeling under drought. However, this insensitive act of the officials angered villagers who questioned the need to waste two tankers of water when people are struggling to get two pots of water every day. “It shows how insensitive our officials and politicians are. It is an insult to us,” said a farmer.