With Jun 27 marked in the calendars as the D-day for the oath taking, both the CM and Kumaraswamy decided to give the hyped test a miss, and have paid a visit to the Sri Manjunatha Temple in Dharmasthala to pray for the welfare of the state. Speaking to the press after paying obeisance to the deity, Yeddyurappa said, “I did not pray for myself, but for our state." He also added that he had called off the test after taking advice from religious leaders, elders, and his well-wishers. He also prayed for good rains and commented that he will do all he can to make Karnataka a model state.
He further elaborated on his hopes for the state and said, “In the last three years the state has seen tremendous development, and the next two years of BJP reign too will be dedicated to development." He was accompanied by ministers V S Acharya, Renukacharya, Halappa, MLA Anand Asnotikar and deputy speaker of state assembly Yogish Bhat and others.
Kumaraswamy will also visit Dharmasthala after Yeddyurappa and his entourage makes their exit.
But in the midst of the political drama, the devotees had to bear the brunt of it all, by waiting in the serpentine queues for hours. The CM's darshan was for close to half an hour. Kumaraswamy will however not utilize his special privileges and is believed to have darshan standing in the general queue.