108 coconuts and yagnas for Yeddyurappa's health

Former Karnataka CM's supporters are leaving no stone unturned by invoking the Gods, offering prayers and sacrifices for his speedy recovery and an early release in the graft cases

Hundreds of die-hard supporters of jailed former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa invoked gods, broke coconuts and offered prayers for his speedy recovery from sudden illness and early release in the graft cases related to land scams.

At Bookanekare hamlet in Mandya district, about 100 km from Bangalore, where 68-year-old Yeddyurappa was born, special prayers were offered at the Vigneshwara temple and fire rituals (homa) were conducted at his ancestral home to the chanting of hymns by family priests.

"Village folk, including relatives broke 108 coconuts as per the custom at the temple and worshipped gods to bless Yeddyurappa with good health and early release from jail and court cases," said a BJP spokesman.

The Lokayukta special court on Saturday remanded Yeddyurappa to seven day's judicial custody in two graft cases related to de-notification (freeing from government control) of lands around Bangalore during his tenure as the chief minister from May 2008 to July 31, 2011.

The graft cases were filed by two city advocates Sirajin Basha and N K Balraj after Governor H R Bhardwaj in January sanctioned prosecution of Yeddyurappa and 13 others, including his two sons, son-in-law, a former state minister Krishnaiah Setty and BJP lawmaker Hemchandra Sagar.

Similar prayers and rituals were held by hundreds of party cadres and activists of right-wing Hindu groups in Yeddyurappa's home district Shimoga, about 300 km from here.

"Our leader will come out free from the graft cases as he has been falsely implicated. He has done so much for the party and people across the state, especially Shimoga and his assembly constituency (Shikaripura) in the district," the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, doctors at the state-run Jayadeva hospital, where Yeddyurappa was shifted in the early hours after he fell suddenly ill in the Parpanna Agrahara jail on the outskirts of the city, permitted him to take home-cooked food with the consent of the prison authorities as he is in judicial custody.

As Yeddyurappa is under observation for the next 48 hours in the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU), except his two sons B S Vijayendra and B S Raghavandra, others were not allowed entry.

From jail to ICU
Within hours of being jailed by a trial court in graft cases related to land scams, Yeddyurappa (68), was shifted to the hospital after he complained of chest pain and back pain in the wee hours of Sunday.

"Yeddyurappa is kept in ICU for observation and a series of tests to assess his condition and prescribe treatment as he is having high blood pressure, high sugar level and body pains. He is also under severe stress," said Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research director C N Manjunath.

"When Yeddyurappa was brought here around 2 am, he was having chest discomfort and vomiting sensation. Preliminary investigations showed he was stressed out with high blood pressure (100-180) and high blood sugar as he is diabetic," Manjunath said.

Manjunath is the son-in-law of former prime minister and Janta Dal-Secular (JD-S) president H.D. Deve Gowda.
Initial tests such as ECG, echo and angiogram revealed that Yeddyurappa's health parameters were not normal and required treatment, besides full rest.

"A five-member medical team has been formed to monitor Yeddyurappa's health, conduct further tests and keep him in ICU as he needs to take complete rest. Further stress or strain will complicate his health," Manjunath pointed out. Admitting that high-profile personalities, celebrities and politicians tend to fall suddenly ill when jailed or prosecuted, the eminent cardiologist said, unlike ordinary people, VIPs face tremendous stress and pressure of undue attention, especially from the media, and their large number of followers and relatives.

"It's common among the high-profile, including celebrities and politicians to be stressed out and feel the heat of being under relentless media watch and undue concern of their near and dear over their well-being. So in the case of Yeddyurappa, who is not only aged but also having a medical history of being diabetic, suffered a mild stroke recently," Manjunath said.

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