Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-05-24 11:37 Mysuru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s concern for dalits and backward communities is just an eyewash, otherwise a dalit woman who had come to meet Siddaramaiah during his Janata Darshan, wouldn’t have been tortured by the police, accused former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of nomination filing for the MLC seat here on Monday, JD(S) state president said the chief minister Siddaramaiah did not bother to meet the woman who had been waiting to meet him from 12 noon to 8 pm during the Janata Darshan on May 17. Later, he alleged, that Siddaramaiah instructed the Hoysala police to hand over the dalit woman to the High Grounds police. “She was kept in police custody for two days and was asked to strip down during interrogation,” Kumaraswamy alleged. The police also harassed her husband, who is an autodriver which cost him his job, he alleged. On one hand Chief minister Siddaramaiah claims to be the guardian of minorities, backward communities and dalits through his Ahinda policy on the other hand he directs police to harass dalit women, he pointed out. “I will raise the issue in Assembly,” he added. On drought management, he took a dig at Siddaramaiah government for failing to address drought despite the Centre releasing Rs 2,000 crore. He further said that the much-talked ‘Annabhagya’ is not a big achievement of the Congress government, as the leaders claim. The rice is provided by the centre under public food supply through the food security policy. The same rice is being distributed among the poor. “How can that be a novel initiative when a similar scheme is implemented in Tamil Nadu and Punjab as well,” he sought to know. Kumaraswamy accused the state government of being a failure in creating job for employments. “During the BJP-JD(S) government, we had appointed 5,000 teachers within our 20-month term. But the Congress government has been neglecting teachers’ appointment,” he accused.