Lingayat MLA and Karnataka Home minister, Basavaraj Bommai has been appointed as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka.
The decision came following the resignation of the BS Yediyurappa.
It was Yeddyurappa who suggested the name of Basavaraj Bomme to the position.
About the new CM:
- Basavaraj Bommai, a former Janata Dal-United member, joined the BJP in February 2008.
- He was subsequently elected MLA from the Shigaon constituency in the Haveri district.
- He has previously served as the Minister of Home Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs, and Minister of Water Co-operation in the State.
- Basavaraj Bommai is the son of former Karnataka Chief Minister SR Bommai.
- Bommai is a graduate in Mechanical engineering and worked with Tata Motors in Pune for three years.
- He is also widely appreciated for his knowledge regarding irrigation projects in the state.
BS Yediyurappa, on Monday, tendered his resignation as Karnataka Chief Minister, ending weeks of speculation over his continuance on the post.
Karnataka Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot accepted his resignation and asked him to continue as the caretaker Chief Minister till the next CM is sworn in.
Stating that nobody pressurized him to resign, BS Yediyurappa said he had stepped down so that somebody else could take over as chief minister after the successful completion of two years of the BJP-led state government.
Basavaraj Bommai will take oath as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka at 11 am today. In the ceremony scheduled to be held at 11 am at the Glass House of the Karnataka Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot will administer the oath of office and secrecy.