Basavaraj Bommai succeeds BS Yediyurappa; takes oath as Karnataka CM
Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday took oath as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka. Bommai, 61, succeeds BS Yediyurappa, who had announced his resignation from the post on Monday as his government completed two years in office. The challenges of COVID-19 and the flood situation in Karnataka now sit before Bommai, who will chair a Cabinet meeting on his 'day one' as CM.
Bommai was administered the oath of office and secrecy by recently-appointed Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot during a brief ceremony at the Glass House of the Karnataka Raj Bhavan in state capital Bengaluru. Bommai met Yediyurappa among other central leaders ahead of the ceremony. He visited the Anjaneya Swamy temple in Bengaluru earlier in the day and will conduct a pooja at the CM office later.
After taking his oath, Bommai said he will prioritize COVID-19 and floods. He thanked the people of Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda, and Yediyurappa for choosing him. Bommai said his government will work as a team for the poor and the farmers and promised to live up to the faith he had been entrusted with.
In a tweet, Modi praised Bommai's rich legislative and administrative experience. He wrote, "I am confident he will build on the exceptional work done by our government in the state. Best wishes for a fruitful tenure." In another tweet, he acknowledged Yediyurappa's "monumental contribution" toward the growth of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Karnataka. "He is admired for his commitment to social welfare."
Bommai belongs to the politically significant Lingayat community, just as Yediyurappa. The Veerashaiva-Lingayat community forms 16% of Karnataka's 68 million-strong population. He is Yediyurappa's close confidante and served as his Minister for Home Affairs, Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislature. Bommai has been a two-time MLC and three-time MLA from Shiggaon. He joined the BJP in 2008.
Bommai—the son of former Karnataka CM SR Bommai—is an engineer by profession and had started his career with the Tata Group. He has also served as political secretary to former CM JH Patel and as the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Council.