BANGALORE: Shops and establishments were closed and bus transport from and to Shikaripur town was stopped after an unscheduled bandh forced the town shut on Monday.
The bandh call was given to protest the arrest of former chief minister and MLA BS Yeddyurappa. Police patrolled the city, even as supporters and taluk BJP leaders claimed the bandh was a success and that their leader’s arrest was politically motivated. Shanthaveerappa Gowda, Yeddyurappa’s close friend for over four decades and now Congress leader, told reporters that the sudden bandh was the handiwork of Yeddyurappa’s son and Shimoga MP BY Raghavendra. He alleged that the MP had personally threatened all hotel owners and bus operators to support the bandh, or face action. Raghavendra’s close friends held a special puja at Vinayaka temple in Ravindranagar, Shimoga, to pray for Yeddyurappa’s speedy recovery and eradicate all ill omens troubling his family.
Of coconuts and kings
Hundreds of followers of Yeddyurappa held special pujas and broke 1,001 coconuts on Monday in jinx town Chamarajnagar. A couple of his supporters also carried out urulu seve (rolling on the floor) at Veerabhadreshwara temple in the town, while BJP workers led by former legislator A R Krishnamurthy conducted a homa in addition to a special puja at Chamarajeshwara temple. One follower, Girish, said, “This has nothing to do with politics or any intention to gain his sympathy. We have organized this puja and urulu seve to propitiate various gods to seek his early release and health.” Homas and yagnas were also held at Kollegal and M M Hills, where former legislator Parimala Nagappa led the prayers.