Mangalore, Oct 18: As a mark of solidarity with their leader, former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, and in hope of his early release from custody on charges of corruption, members of the Mogaveera community performed ‘Urulu Seve’ at the Shree Vyagra Chamundi Temple, Ullal here on Tuesday October 18.
Led by Sadananda Bangera, president of Mogaveera Sangha Ullal and its leader Vittal Suvarna, many people of the community rolled over the ground as part of the ritual in the temple premises.
Sadananda Bangera recalled that six months ago Yeddyurappa when he was still the CM had donated Rs one crore for the development of the temple. Others said that Yeddyurappa had high concern for the community and had provided subsidy on diesel for fishermen.
All those who took part in the ritual were of the opinion that Yeddyurappa alone had been made the scapegoat in all scams. Though a probe had been ordered into illegal mining in the year 2000, the Lokayukta conducted the probe only during the BJP administration. This proved that the report on illegal mining was biased and that Yeddyurappa had been targeted. “We pray that he is released soon,” they said.
Yeddyurappa was arrested on Saturday October 15 after he surrendered for his role in two graft cases. The same night he was shifted to Jayadeva Hospital for chest pain. On Tuesday October 18, his bail plea was deferred to October 20, and he was declared fit to be back in jail.