Bommai takes oath as Karnataka’s new Chief Minister

Basavaraj Bommai took the oath  as Karnataka’s new Chief Minister on Wednesday.

Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 61-year-old leader at the Raj Bhavan here.

Ending the suspense, the Karnataka BJP legislature party elected Basavaraj Bommai as its new leader on Tuesday evening, succeeding outgoing Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

Bommai, a Lingayat leader from North Karnataka, is a close confidante of Yediyurappa, and this succession plan bears the clear stamp of the veteran BJP leader, according to party sources.

He was Minister for Home Affairs, Law, Parliamentary Affairs, and Legislature in Yediyurappa’s council of ministers, which was dissolved on Monday. He is the son of late Chief Minister S R Bommai.

After H D Deve Gowda and H D Kumaraswamy, this is the second time a father-son duo has become Karnataka’s Chief Minister.

Bommai is a three-term MLA from the Shiggaon constituency in Haveri district, as well as a two-term MLC.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Yediyurappa, Union ministers Pradhan and G Kishan Reddy, who were appointed as central observers by the BJP’s parliamentary board for the legislature party meeting, BJP national general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Arun Singh, state president Nalin Kumar Kateel, and national general secretary C T Ravi.

Bommai met with Yediyurappa, as well as centre-left leaders Pradhan, Reddy, and Singh, ahead of the swearing-in.

Ending months of speculation, Yediyurappa stepped down as Chief Minister on Monday, as his government completed two years in office. PTI

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