Health problems, stress to keep Yedyurappa in intensive care


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Bengaluru: Jailed former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa will remain in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the state-run Sri Jayadeva hospital over the next two days as he is suffering from multiple health problems and mental stress, a top doctor said yesterday.

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

Within hours of being jailed late on Saturday by a trial court in graft cases related to land scandals, Yeddyurappa, 68, was moved to the hospital after he complained of chest and back pains early yesterday.

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

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

Further tests

"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 added.

Admitting that high-profile personalities, celebrities and politicians tend to fall suddenly ill when jailed or prosecuted, the cardiologist said, unlike ordinary people, VIPs face tremendous stress and the pressure of undue attention, especially from the media, large numbers of followers and relatives.

Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda visited the hospital with some of his cabinet colleagues to check on Yeddyurappa and wish him a speedy recovery.

The bail application of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's first chief minister in south India was on Saturday rejected by Lokayukta (ombudsman) special court judge N. Sudeendra Rao and an arrest warrant was issued as Yeddyurappa was not present at the trial court.

Rao not only rejected Yeddyrrapa's bail plea but also declined to exempt him from being present in the court on health grounds.

BJP plays clean party card

A day after Karnataka's former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's arrest, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said yesterday that while it had made him resign for corruption, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was still protecting his colleagues.

"When the [party] central leadership got information that Yeddyurappa was involved in corruption, we immediately said if any investigating agency proves he is involved, he will have to resign from his post," senior leader Rajnath Singh told a news channel.

"As soon as the Lokayukta report came, Yeddyurappa had to resign. It was the decision of our parliamentary board," he said. Yeddyurappa has been accused of illegally acquiring real estate for himself and his family.

Rajnath Singh targeted the Congress saying: "The issue is that corruption should not be protected at any cost, [unlike what] prime minister Manmohan Singh has done. BJP will never do so. If there are corruption allegations against our biggest leaders, we will not take a moment to relieve them from their duties."