Basavaraj Bommai to be Karnataka's next chief minister, says government will be pro-people
"I never expected it. However, I had a belief in my hard work and it has paid off," Basavaraj Bommai said after being elected as chief minister designate.
Basavaraj Bommai has been selected by the Bharatiya Janata Party to be the next chief minister of Karnataka.
The decision was taken during the meeting held at Bengaluru's Hotel Capitol in the presence of central observers and the state in-charge.
Basavaraj Bommai is likely to take oath at around 3:20 pm on Wednesday.
"I never expected it. However, I had a belief in my hard work and it has paid off," Basavaraj said after being elected as chief minister designate, adding that his government will be pro-people.
Asianet Newsable had resported earlier in the day how Basavaraj Bommai's residence had turned into a hub of activity with several MLAs arriving at his residence. This after speculation that Yediyurappa had suggested his name for the chief minister's post.
At the party meeting in Bengaluru, Yediyurappa officially proposed his name for the post.
Yediyurappa's proposal was backed by all leaders present unanimously.
Who is Basavaraj Bommai?
Born on January 28, 1960, Basavaraj is the son of the former state chief minister SR Bommai.
Basavaraj, who joined the BJP in 2008, belongs to the Sadara Lingayat community.
The Lingayat leader was elected to the state assembly five-time consecutively from the Shiggaon constituency in the Haveri district.
Basavaraj was the home minister in the Yediyurappa government. He was also the minister in charge of the districts of Haveri and Udupi.
A known Yediyurappa loyalist, Basavaraj belongs to the dominant Lingayat caste as the former chief minister.
Basavaraj was also part of the cabinets of former state chief ministers Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar.