Basavaraj Bommai will be the new Chief Minister of Karnataka, Yeddyurappa’s son may be made party president


Basavaraj S Bommai will now sit on the post of Chief Minister of Karnataka, which fell vacant after the resignation of BS Yediyurappa. In the meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature party, it was decided to make him the next Chief Minister of Karnataka. Basavaraj will take oath as Chief Minister tomorrow at 3 pm at Raj Bhavan.

Basavaraj was the Minister of Home, Parliamentary and Law Affairs in the Yeddyurappa government. He is also considered close to the former chief minister. Bommai’s name was in the forefront of the names being speculated after Yeddyurappa’s resignation. According to sources, YB Vijayendra, son of Yeddyurappa, may be made the BJP state president. Vijayendra is currently the Vice President.

Like Yeddyurappa, Basavaraj also belongs to the Lingayat community, considered a major vote bank in Karnataka. Basavaraj, the son of former Karnataka Chief Minister SR Bommai, started his political career with the Janatha Dal and worked with stalwarts like HD Deve Gowda and Ramakrishna Hegde. After leaving the JD(U) in 2008, Basavaraj had joined the BJP.

On being elected the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai said that this is a big responsibility in the current situation. I will try to work for the poor on the lines of the Prime Minister and the Home Minister. I never expected it. However, I believed in my hard work and got the result.

In the past, when there was talk that the central leadership of the BJP wanted to oust Yeddyurappa, the Lingayat monasteries of the state had issued a warning that the party may have to face the consequences. Lingayats constitute about 16 per cent of the population in Karnataka and are largely considered to be supporters of the BJP. In such a situation, it is believed that by electing Basavaraj as the Chief Minister, BJP has tried to retain the Lingayat votes in its favour.

Apart from this, the name of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri, who came from the Brahmin community for the post of CM, was also discussed. Another leader who came from the Lingayat community, Murgesh Niranai’s name was also in the race.

The election of the new leader was held at a private hotel in the city, which was also attended by BJP’s central observers – Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and G Kishan Reddy. Ahead of the legislature party meeting, observers met caretaker Chief Minister Yeddyurappa at his official residence. After this Yeddyurappa also attended the legislature party meeting.


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