New Delhi: Karnataka CM Basavaraj Somappa Bommai created history on Wednesday (July 28) and became part of the second father-son duo to lead the state on different occasions as he started a new high-level Position.
On Wednesday, Bommai took office as Chief Minister with Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot governing the oath to the 61-year-old leader at the Raj Bhavan here.
Bommai, a Lingayat leader from north Karnataka, handled Home, Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislature in BS Yediyurappa’s council of ministers that was terminated on Monday following the latter’s resignation as chief minister and was also the minister-in-charge of Haveri and Udupi districts. Born on January 28, 1960 in Hubballi, Basavaraj Bommai is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering. He served in Tata Motors, Pune for three years and then became an industrial entrepreneur.
Bommai belongs to the dominant Veerashaiva-Lingayat community to which Yediyurappa also belonged. The community accounts for 16-17 per cent of the state’s population and is counted as a major vote-base of the saffron party. He commenced his political career with the Janata Dal, and was a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council, twice (in 1997 and 2003) from Dharwad local authorities constituency. He had also worked as Political Secretary to ex-CM J H Patel and as Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the council.