Basavaraj Bommai (left) with outgoing Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa
Basavaraj Bommai (left) with outgoing Chief Minister B S YediyurappaIANS

Basavaraj Bommai to be new Karnataka Chief Minister

Bengaluru, July 27, 2021

Basavaraj Somappa Bommai was elected as the new leader of the BJP Legislature Party here on Tuesday, paving the way for him to become the next Chief Minister of Karnataka, succeeding B S Yediyurappa, who resigned from the position on Monday.

Bommai will be sworn in as the 30th Chief Minister of the state at the Raj Bhavan at 3.20 pm on Wednesday.

A strong Lingayat leader from north Karnataka, Bommai, 61, was the Home Minister in the Yediyurappa government.

He was elected as the leader of the legislature party at a meeting of the BJP MLAs at a hotel here this evening. The meeting was attended by the BJP's central observers, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and G Kishan Reddy.

Yediyurappa proposed Bommai's name and it was agreed upon by the BJP legislators.

Born on January 28, 1960, Bommai held the portfolio of Home, Law, and Parliamentary Affairs in the Yediyurapa government. He has also served as Water Resources and Cooperation Minister.

Bommai's decision to stay with the party when Yediyurappa left and launched his KJP and his ability to gain Yediyurappa's confidence after his return to the BJP are said to have worked for him.

The son of former Karnataka Chief Minister and Janata Dal leader S. R. Bommai, he had joined the BJP from the Janata Parivar in 2008, and though being a blue-eyed boy of Yediyurappa, his ability to defend the party is appreciated by all.

A graduate in Mechanical Engineering and agriculturist and industrialist by profession, he started his political career with the Janata Parivar. He was elected a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council in 1998 and 2004 from Dharwad local authorities' constituency.

After joining the BJP in February 2008, when Yediyurappa became the Chief Minister, he was elected to the Assembly from Shiggaon constituency in Haveri district.

Widely acclaimed for his knowledge of irrigation matters in the state and his contributions to innumerable irrigation schemes, he is also credited with implementing India's first 100 per cent piped irrigation project at Shiggaon in Haveri.


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