Bangalore : B S Yeddyurappa, against who an arrest warrant has now been issued by the court after his bail plea was rejected, has demanded that an exclusive small temple be constructed for him inside Bangalore Central Prison before he is lodged there. The former chief minister, known to be a very religious man, has quoted his astrologer who has predicted a jailbreak if the temple is not built for Yeddy.
God’s own company is not the only wish expressed by Yeddy. The second desire is even more mammoth, literally. Yeddy wants an elephant next to his barracks so that when he gets up in the morning, he is greeting by the pachyderm’s sight. This, his astrologer has counseled him, will bring him good luck. Yeddy, when he was CM, donated elephants to several temples in Kerala and Karnataka.
Karnataka’s chief minister Sadananda Gowda, sympathetic to his predecessor’s plight, has asked the state wildlife department to arrange for an elephant at the earliest. When Tenali Rama contacted Chief Wildlife Warden, K S Somappa, he said sending only one elephant to jail is not advisable. “It will have to be a family pack of a mother elephant and her baby and a mahout to look after them. We are in touch with the police to locate a mahout who has some petty case booked against him, so that we are in the clear as far as law of the land is concerned,” he added.
Yeddyurappa is clearly taking inspiration from his former colleague, Gali Janardhana Reddy, who prays to the snake God inside Hyderabad central prison.
Meanwhile, Ananth Kumar, Yeddyurappa’s bete noire in Karnataka politics, has denied that he distributed envelopes with 1000 rupees notes to journalists in Bangalore, requesting them to give wide coverage to Yeddyurappa’s journey to jail.