Basavaraj Bommai sworn in as chief minister of Karnataka

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Bengaluru, Jul 28: Trusted lieutenant of former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, 61-year-old Basavaraj Bommai was sworn in as Karnataka’s 23rd Chief Minister at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday.

The three-time MLA from Shiggaon in Haveri district in the heart of Lingayat dominated North Karnataka, who had earlier served as Home Minister as also Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister in the outgoing cabinet, was sworn in by Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot in the presence of senior BJP leaders, including his predecessor Yediyurappa, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, deputed as Central Observer for paving the way for the transition and BJP National General Secretary and State in-charge Arun Singh and his supporters.

Bommai became the Chief Minister 23 years after his father late Somappa Rayappa Bommai had occupied the top position in the State.

Even as Bommai was sworn in the name of God, loud cheers and slogan shouting by the BJP men, who shouted aloud Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

The BJP central high command, which asked 78-year-old Yediyurappa to quit to make way for someone younger to prepare the party for the next assembly elections in the State some 22 months away in 2023 and also in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls in 2024.

A teary-eyed Lingayat strongman Yediyurappa, who had risen from an ordinary RSS pracharak to become the Chief Minister of the State for four times but never to complete the full five-year term, had resigned on Monday, the day of his government’s second anniversary, and had made it clear that he was resigning on his own and had thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda for allowing him to become Chief Minister for the fourth time in 2019 despite crossing the 75-year age limit.

However, before putting in his papers, Yediyurappa had demonstrated his clout and pull among the politically powerful Lingayat community by mobilising the support of over 100 swamijis of different mutts from across the State, with some of the pontiffs even warning the BJP high command that the community will drown BJP in Yediyurappa’s tears for not allowing him to continue at least till the end of the present term of the assembly in 2023.

With a view to avoid antagonising the Lingayat community, which is a decisive factor in around 100 of the 224 assembly constituencies, and also to ensure that Yediyurappa does not do anything to rock the boat soon after his exit as he did when he had floated his own political party Karnataka Janata Party to decimate the BJP in the subsequent assembly polls, the BJP high command has apparently chosen Yediyurappa’s confidant and persuaded him to propose Bommai’s name for the coveted post in the BJP legislature party meeting held on Tuesday night even though there were many other claimants including Murugesh R Nirani, Basavaraj Patil Yatnal and Aravind Bellad from the same community besides many others from different communities.

Starting the day by offering a special puja and also visiting the Hanuman temple, evidently to ward off any dangers, Bommai also visited the residence of Yediyurappa before arriving at Raj Bhavan for the swearing in ceremony along with his wife Chennamma and children Bharat and Aditi.

The outgoing Chief Minister, who has vowed to work for the party’s success in the coming elections and has refused to accept any position, including Governor’s post, seemed very cheerful and garlanded Bommai. Yediyurappa also arrived at Raj Bhavan well before the scheduled time with his younger son B Y Vijayendra, the State BJP Vice President.

All the leaders who served as ministers in the Yediyurappa cabinet and party MLAs and functionaries attended the swearing in ceremony.







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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Thu, Jul 29 2021

    Colorful, attractive swearing in ceremony. Mr. Bommai's quiet nature, experience in ministry, his father's positive reputation as CM are added advantages for his success as CM of Karnataka State.

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  • aLWYN, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 29 2021 Nalin did not gave a speech in Tulu? Where is he? Hiding under the bridge? One nice game by Shah...He gave the post to she will keep quite.....Removed Yeddi........Now they will give all minster post who will be their tame dogs.

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    No matter how much educated these ministers are, they sing the same dumb tune that makes no sense...... We have some samples in the center.

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Oh anna first petrol / diesel dha rate onji kammi malpule, bokkada bokka...niklena govt masth expensive

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Our Best Wishes to Basavaraj Bommai ...

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Yediuyrappa not a complete man could not complete full term even after four times being the CM. He should start wearing Raymond's suiting, then might complete full term has CM. God save our state Karnataka.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    @Dev Thanks for your comments. I believe we should now forget Covid and bring happiness in our lives and that of others.Be Happy Be Healthy is always my slogan.

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  • True Indian, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Please reopen schools Sir..... Give education utmost priority. Children are just roaming on streets and enjoying.

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  • human being, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    @jeevan, kudla, I strongly believe that basavraj bommai is not your kind of CM. ...? He is even pick of other party's including congress. what say?

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  • Jeevan, Kudla

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Now all 17 outside MLA'S will be sent back to their origin soon, they joined BJP only for protection from enforcement directorate and CBI.

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  • VLMA, Udupi

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Ereda pandera.Bayankara marre.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    In a lighter vein, NASA wanted to send 3 persons to space from different countries , it asked govt. to give one name from our country. Govt. replied it is not possible, there has to be one vingayat, one doccaliga, one of each religion one of each caste etc. That is the situation in our politics today. Will have a difficult time to choose ministers.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Welcome back Monty Doc. I was seeing your absence from a week or two and was wondering why? Worried about your health too. But I'm happy to see you back with lighter vein. I miss someone with wit and humour- I think his name was Joseph F Gonsalves- he used to write rhyming and increasing words in every line on political issues.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Any switching of MLA's to the original base.? (on the promise of ministerial position ) Jackal is simply waiting for new prey.

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ದಳದ ಆಡಳಿತ ಹೆಸರು ಮಾತ್ರ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangaluru/Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    ದಳ ದಳವೇ....ಆದರೆ ಅದು ತಾವರೆ ದಳ.

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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    "THE END " of bjpeeee in Karnataka!!! There will be another oath taking ceremony of CM in KARNATAKA very soon because, in bjpeeee Raj three CMs are MUST!!!

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  • Ethnic Orchid, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Burnol moment for the Bhaima Congress Chelas.. Yeddy has made way for an younger leader. It would only happen in BJP. Thats all!

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    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Congratulations to Basawaraj Bommai on being unanimously elected as the new CM of Karnataka. An soft spoken hard working resilient karyakarta may his vast experience as the administrator shall immensely benefit in visionary state development growth

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Great choice of a complete Socialist background leader, quiet and sedate with clean track record

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  • Jeevan, Kudla

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Congratulations sir Jai ho BJP & RSS... Maa Durga bless and protect you and family.

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  • dsouzamichael, Mumbai/Maharashtra

    Wed, Jul 28 2021


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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    RSS kuthantra giri doesn't work anywhere in India its a curse

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