The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Thursday charged the State government with “failure” to tackle drought and respond to drinking water crisis.

He was speaking to reporters after May Day celebrations at the party office here. Mr. Kumaraswamy said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should have convened an all-party meeting to discuss the ways and means to tackle drought. It was not too late; he should convene a meeting immediately to get feedback from all political parties, Mr. Kumaraswamy demanded.

The former Chief Minister said many parts of the State had been facing severe water scarcity. Let alone for crops, water was not available even for drinking and people were forced to tread long distances to fetch water, he said. He alleged that the government was not responding to the woes of people.

Mr. Kumaraswamy took exception to Public Works Minister H.C. Mahadevappa getting his official residence renovated at a cost of Rs. 75 lakh. Public money should not be wasted for individual fancy, that too at a time when the State was facing severe drought, he said.

Party leaders Abdul Azeem, Narayana Rao and R.V. Harish were among those present.

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