Basavaraj Bommai is the next Chief Minister of Karnataka

Karnataka: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Legislative Party elected Basavaraj S Bommai as Chief Minister of the Karnataka this evening. Bommai is the Home Minister of Karnataka.

Basavaraj Bommai will take oath as 30th Chief Minister of Karnataka at 3.20 PM tomorrow at Bengaluru-based Raj Bhavan.

BS Yediyurappa, the outgoing Chief Minister of Karnataka, had recommended Basavaraj Bommai’s name for the CM post.

Like Yediyurappa, Basavaraj Bommai is also from the politically influential Lingayat community.

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 contributions to innumerable irrigation schemes, he is also credited with implementing India’s first 100 per cent piped irrigation project at Shiggaon in Haveri.

(With inputs from IANS)

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