BJP leader Basavaraj S Bommai 61, was elected the new Chief Minister of Karnataka.He took oath as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka at 11 am on Wednesday.
He was elected as the successor of BS Yediyurappa who resigned from the top post on Monday.
BJP observer for Karnataka and Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had announced that Basavaraj S Bommai will be the next Chief Minister of Karnataka, reported news agency ANI.
Commenting on the development, Bommai said: “It is a big responsibility in the given situation. I will strive to work for the welfare of the poor. It will be pro-people and pro-poor people governance.”
Bommai, who was the Home Minister, and Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislation Minister of Karnataka in the outgoing Yediyurappa Cabinet, had earlier refuted speculations of him becoming the next CM of Karnataka. He is the son of former Karnataka CM SR Bommai.
Born on January 28, 1960, Bommai is a member of the Sadara Lingayat community. A close confidant of the former Karnataka CM, he hails from the ‘janata pariwar’. Eight of the 20 chief ministers that Karnataka has seen since 1956 have been from the Lingayat community.
He joined the BJP in 2008 and rose through the party ranks steadily since. Bommai, who is an engineer by profession, is a two-time MLC and three-time MLA from Shiggaon. He has also held the post of the Leader of BJP Legislature Party of Karnataka.