Basavaraj Bommai might have joined the BJP means again in 2008, however his household’s political historical past got here a full circle solely as we speak after his title was introduced as the following Karnataka Chief Minister. His father, SR Bommai, occupied the place for a short interval within the 1980s, making an entire lot of distinction to India politics.
He succeeds the 78-year-old BS Yediyurappa who introduced his resignation on Monday after weeks of hypothesis.
The BJP veteran is taken into account the tallest chief alive as we speak of Karnataka’s Veerashaiva-Lingayat neighborhood, which constitutes 16 per cent of the state’s 68 million inhabitants. His departure was dangerous enterprise for the BJP for the reason that celebration has had robust backing from this section for lengthy.
Whereas it may possibly’t be anybody’s declare that zeroing-in on Mr Bommai as substitute was simple, the selection could also be simply justified.
The Karnataka House Minister, an MLA from central Karnataka’s Haveri district, can be a Lingayat — though the time period ‘Basava’ additionally means ox in Kannada, it strongly resonates the title of Basaveshwara, the 12th century founding father of the neighborhood.
Earlier than becoming a member of the BJP, he was with the Janata Dal United, defecting, together with 22 others JDU functionaries.
Ironic, since his staunchly socialist father, a pacesetter of the Janata Social gathering and later Janata Dal, is greatest remembered for a landmark battle within the Supreme Court docket — SR Bommai versus Union of India — that he fought after shedding his authorities in Karnataka following defections. The judgment in that case laid down sure pointers in opposition to the misuse of Article 356 of the structure by the Central authorities to impose President’s Rule on states with unfriendly governments.
Nonetheless, Basavaraj Bommai has remained an in depth confidant of Mr Yediyurappa and has risen within the celebration ranks to final helm the state’s House Ministry. A mechanical engineer who reportedly started his profession with Tata Sons, he has additionally held the water assets portfolio up to now.
Married to Ms Chennamma, Mr Bommai has a son and a daughter and is a everlasting resident of Dharwad district.
His pursuits embody studying, writing, enjoying golf, and cricket.