Basavaraj Bommai takes up the reins of Karnataka, replaces Lingayat strongman BS Yediyurappa

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Basavaraj Bommai has been appointed as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka. His appointment comes following the resignation of former CM BY Yediyurappa, who was asked to step down by the BJP’s top leadership.

CM Basavaraj Bommai is 61 years old and represents the Shiggoan constituency, located in Karnataka’s Haveri district. He has been two times MLC and MLA thrice from the same constituency. CM Bommai is a mechanical engineer and had worked with TATA motors in Pune for three years.

Interestingly, Basavaraj Bommai is the son of SR Bommai, who had petitioned against the imposition of the President’s rule in Karnataka. The popular SR Bommai vs Union case altered the centre and state relations in India. CM Basavaraj Bommai was associated with the Janata Dal (Secular) before switching his allegiance to the BJP in 2008.

He is a close confidante of the former CM BY Yediyurappa and has served as the Home Minters under him besides holding water portfolio in his cabinet in the past.

CM Basavaraj Bommai too hails from the influential Lingayat Community like his predecessor Yediyurappa. Lingayat Community’s political clout can be gauged by the fact that 8 of the 20 Chief Ministers since 1956 have been from this community, and it constitutes around 17% of Karnataka’s population.

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