- Joined the BJP in 2008
- Twice member of Rajya Sabha
- Former Minister of the Interior of Karnataka
Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa was also present at the swearing-in ceremony. Bommai was sworn in after meeting with leaders, including Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
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Basavaraj Bommai’s father, SR Bommai, was also Chief Minister of Karnataka for nine months. This is the second time the son of a former prime minister has become the prime minister of Karnataka. Yeddyurappa congratulated Basavaraj Bommai on his swearing-in as Chief Minister. National leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took to Twitter to congratulate him.
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At the same time, it is unclear whether the new cabinet will have deputy chief ministers under Basavaraj Bommai. Union Minister Pralhad Joshi said the decision would be made by the national leadership of the BJP. The leading candidate, R Ashok, has also said that the decision will be made by the party.
Basavaraj Bommai, a two-time winner of BJP tickets to the Assembly, has previously served as Karnataka’s Minister of the Interior and Minister of Law. He left the JDU in 2008 and joined the BJP. Prior to this, he had been in Rajya Sabha for two years as part of the JDU.
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