Basavaraj Bommai takes oath as Karnataka’s new CM
Bengaluru : A Lingayat leader from North Karnataka, 61-year-old Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday sworn in as 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka succeeding outgoing Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. Bommai is a close confidant of Yediyurappa and according to party sources, there is clear stamp of the veteran BJP leader in this succession plan.
The former engineer with Tata Motors is also popular with leaders across political parties in Karnataka and was drafted by Yediyurappa during his recent tenure to be Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, too, on account of his ability to bring Opposition leaders around on key issues and Bills.
He is known for his calm intervention and on several occasion prevented escalation in the assembly.