Basavaraj Bommai has been elected as Karnataka BJP legislature party leader. He will be the next Chief Minister of the state, the party central observer Dharmendra Pradhan said.
The new CM is son of the former Chief Minister of Karnataka SR Bommai was initially a Janata Dal leader and later joined BJP.
Basavaraj Bommai, a leader of the politically powerful Lingayat leader like Yediyurappa, was among his confidantes.
On Monday BS Yediyurappa had resigned after a lot of speculation.
“Don’t take me otherwise, with your permission… I have decided that after lunch I will go to the Raj Bhavan and submit my resignation as the Chief Minister to the Governor,” Yediyurappa had said with a choked voice, as he turned emotional on Monday.
Yediyurappa also said that he will work to strengthen the party and bring it back to power, as per the expectations of the central leaders.
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.
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.