State JD(S) president H D Kumaraswamy accuses CM of ill-treating Dalit woman

State JD(S) president and former Chief Minister H D Ku­maraswamy accused Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday, for allegedly ill-treat­ing a Dalit woman on May 17 while she came to meet the chief minister at his office in Bengaluru to put forth her grievance as part of `Janatha Darshan.’

On the sidelines of filing nomination papers for JD(S) candidate K T Srikantegowda for South Graduates’ Constit­uency MLC seat at the Region­al Commissioner’s office here on Monday, Kumaraswamy said that the chief minister on one hand shows his concern towards minorities, backward classes and Dalits through his `Ahinda’ propaganda and on the other he directs the po­lice to harass Dalit women. I will raise the issue in Assem­bly and bring the harassed woman to Vidhana Soud­ha on Tuesday,” he added.

Explaining the incident, Kumaraswamy alleged, “The CM did not allow the Dalit woman to enter his office de­spite waiting outside from 12 noon to 8 pm on May 17. Lat­er, on the instructions of chief minister, the Hoysala Police personnel summoned her and detained her for two days at the High Grounds Police sta­tion where she was allegedly forced to undress during inter­rogation. Besides, the police also thrashed her husband, an autorickshaw driver and directed the auto owner not to provide the auto to the driver.”


The state government has failed to address the drought situation even though the central government has released about Rs 2,000 crore for the state, said the state JD(S) president. “Moreover, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is deliberately deducting funds to Karnataka and the opposition BJP also failed to raise the issue that caused series of farmers’ suicide in the state.

Though the crude oil price has decreased from 120 US Dollar per barrel, the centre has not reduced the fuel price which shows how much the Modi government is concerned about the poor,” he added.


Anna Bhagya is not a big achievement of the state gov­ernment as Siddaramaiah and Home Minister G Paramesh­war claimed at the outcome of recent poll results in five states, where Congress lost majority of seats. The entire rice stock that is distribut­ed across the state under Public Distribution System (PDS) was allotted by centre through food security policy. Rice distribution scheme is not new one, but it has also been implemented in Tam­il Nadu, Punjab and several other states, he claimed.


Kumaraswamy pointed out that the state government is least bothered to address teachers’ issues and failed to create jobs for graduates. “When I was the chief minis­ter during BJP-JD(S) coalition government, steps were taken to appoint one lakh teachers and appointed 5,000 teach­ers within 20 months’ tenure, however, the BJP government neglected the recruitment process,” he said.


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